If a dentist suggests sedation for a procedure, then you may have some questions. We’ll explain what types of sedation we use, the sedation process, and whether sedation dentistry is safe.
The Types of Sedation We Offer
We use three types of sedation dentistry at our Scenic Bluffs Dental office.
- Nitrous oxide gas is the first option. Also known as laughing gas, this is the most conservative form of sedation. It is administered using a mask that is placed over your nose. You will be awake and relaxed while under this type of sedation.
- Oral conscious sedation is the next option. This is a pill that you take before your appointment. This option is stronger than nitrous oxide but similar in that you’re still conscious. The dosage of oral conscious sedation determines the strength of the sedative. We can adjust the dosage to fit your needs.
- OraVerse® is the third option offered by our Prescott, Wisconsin dental office. OraVerse reverses the effects of anesthesia and eliminates any unpleasant side-effects twice as fast as letting it wear off on its own.
What Is the Sedation Process?
Avoid eating or drinking shortly before taking certain types of sedatives. Otherwise, you could suffer from nausea. You should also wear loose-fitting clothing in case our dental technicians need to attach you to any monitors. When it comes to nitrous oxide, the gas wears off quickly after the procedure concludes. If you receive oral conscious sedation, then you’ll need to stop eating at least six hours before the procedure. We typically recommend that patients get a ride home if they select this option.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe. During the sedation process, you will be monitored by a dental professional to ensure that your blood oxygen level, heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature are normal. At Scenic Bluffs Dental, we provide you with top-notch and safe dental care so you feel completely at ease during your visit. If you have any other questions about sedation dentistry, then give our Prescott dental office a call.