Sedation Dentistry in Ashton, MD

Sedation dentistry is a safe way to manage discomfort and keep patients relaxed during longer or more invasive dental procedures.

There are a few different types of sedation used in dentistry, and your dentist will use the appropriate type based on the procedure being done. They are all designed to keep patients safe and comfortable during treatment.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

  • Nitrous oxide: Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is a gas mixed with oxygen that provides a mild sedative effect that relaxes the patient during the procedure. You may experience a euphoric, giggly, tingling feeling and may feel slightly lightheaded or like you’re floating. Nitrous oxide is the least invasive form of dental sedation and can be easily adjusted based on your tolerance.
  • Mild to moderate sedation: Mild to moderate sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation, is administered orally by your dentist, typically in the form of a pill. It will help you relax and feel sleepy but will not put you to sleep. You will remain responsive during their procedure and will not need intubation for this type of sedation.
  • General anesthesia: General anesthesia is conducted under the care of a trained anesthesiologist, separate from your dentist. Under general anesthesia, you will be completely asleep and feel no pain. Intubation with a breathing tube will be used in addition to an IV.
  • Deep sedation with IV: Just like with general anesthesia, deep sedation with an IV is conducted and monitored by a trained anesthesiologist, separate from dentist. With deep sedation, you will be asleep but have the ability to move while sedated. Intubation with a breathing tube is typically used with this procedure.

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