Are there different types of sedation dentistry?
Yes, there are different forms of sedation in oral healthcare. The mildest option, nitrous oxide, is drug-free. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is delivered through a nasal mask. This gas produces mild euphoric feelings and has analgesic effects. Its effects wear off quickly, so children won’t experience too much grogginess after their appointments.
Another form of sedation involves prescription medication, which is taken orally. While many patients receiving oral conscious sedation fall asleep, they are able to respond to directives or questions. Oral conscious sedation is ideal for patients who have moderate to severe dental phobias or those undergoing more invasive care.
IV sedation is also available for those receiving complex or invasive care. This type of sedation is delivered through an intravenous feed. IV sedation is safe and FDA-approved. Our team will closely monitor our patients’ vitals throughout treatment to ensure their safety and comfort. IV sedation is unique because it can be adjusted to control its effects, which helps ensure that a patient only receives as much medication as he or she needs.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe. Our practice follows strict protocols to ensure our guests’ safety and comfort. If you have questions about sedation dentistry and its safety, we encourage you to speak with our pediatric dentist.
We provide comfortable oral healthcare in a child-friendly environment. Call The Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists today to reserve an appointment.