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Sedation Options

Sedated woman in dental chairHere at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we perform all kinds of dental procedures. Many of these procedures have to be performed under sedation. We have a variety of techniques that we use to calm our patients and make them feel comfortable. Sedation is also coupled with numbing agents to ensure the patient does not writhe in pain during procedures that involve incisions and drilling.

Many people are aware of laughing gas, which is often administered during simple procedures such as root canal. However, sedation in dentistry is more complex than just laughing gas. There are a lot more options, and the appropriate one depends on the complexity of the procedure.

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas, otherwise called Nitrous Oxide, has a calming and soothing effect on patients. The gas causes the patient to become relaxed but remain conscious. It is used on simple dental procedures to alleviate fear. For instance, if you are supposed to take a numbing shot on the gums and you are fearful, laughing gas will help you calm down for the shot.

The gas is administered through the nose using breathing apparatus. Our dentist can control the amount of gas you are breathing, depending on how sedated he/she wants you to be. The gas acts quite quickly. You’ll start feeling relaxed within 30 seconds of breathing it in. It wears off just as fast when you stop breathing in the gas.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation, as the name suggests, involves taking a sedative drug through your mouth before the procedure. Oral sedation, just like laughing gas, will have you fully conscious but significantly relaxed as to alleviate any fears or anxiety. Depending on what procedure you are to undergo, our dentists will give you instructions on how to swallow the sedative pill. In some instances, you’ll be required to swallow a pill the night before the procedure and then swallow another one an hour into the procedure.

Under oral sedation, patients will often not recall much about the procedure after it's done. If you have any underlying health conditions, our dentists will put you under heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing monitors. Perfectly healthy people do not require such monitoring. You’ll still feel sleepy after the procedure, but the effects of the sedative will wear off within a couple of hours.

IV Sedation

IV sedation refers to the administration of the sedative through an IV line. There are two important aspects of IV sedation. First, it allows our dentists or doctors to control the level of sedation they put you under conveniently. Second, it allows them to put you into a complete state of unconsciousness when need be. The partial unconsciousness is similar to what you get with oral sedation. You’ll be awake but unable to recall much of what happened during the procedure. When unconscious, you are said to be under general anesthesia. General anesthesia is only used in major dental surgeries.

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is the strong form of sedation. It uses a combination of inhaled gasses along with intravenous, or IV, medication to render you completely unconscious. Under general anesthesia, you are unable to respond, and you do not feel any pain while we perform your necessary procedures.

Local Anesthesia

We can numb the area with a simple local anesthetic prior to minor treatments including the removal of disease or decay. A local anesthetic is the most commonly used pain relief option in dentistry. It is fast, easy, and eliminates discomfort at the site. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we want our patients to receive the treatment they need for better oral health, while still remaining comfortable. We offer local anesthetic for minor needs, or can discuss various conscious sedation options to relax nerves as needed.

Call Dallas Oral Surgery Associates at 972-733-0414 if you have any concerns about the various sedation methods used in dentistry. One of our experts will be glad to explain the various sedation methods that we use.
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