There are several different sedation levels and techniques that can be associated with the term sedation dentistry. In general, the longer or more invasive a procedure is, the more likely Dana Dental Arts is to recommend a particular sedation technique.
Mild sedation is sometimes called for to help people struggling with dental anxiety. This usually comes in the form of inhaling nitrous oxide help put you more at ease. Breathing the gas leaves you fully awake, yet relaxed.
Moderate sedation is often called for with procedures where you might need to hold your mouth open for long period of time. This is also not uncommon for special needs patients that have involuntary body movements or dental anxiety.
The sedative agent used in moderate sedation might be a pill or liquid you ingest or Dana Dental Arts might recommend using a slow drip IV. While you might fall asleep during the procedure, you can easily be awakened to answer key questions. Once the procedure is complete Dana Dental Arts will administer a counter agent which negates the sedative effect.
Deep sedation to put you at ease during long or invasive procedures such as multiple tooth extractions or outpatient oral surgery. Deep sedation is usually administered via a slow drip IV. It can take a little while for you to get back on your feet after being deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you and perhaps help you out at home while you’re getting back on your feet.
If you have an upcoming procedure and you’re interested in exploring your sedation options, please call Dana Dental Arts at 605.642.7727 to schedule an appointment.