Sedation dentistry is commonly used in many dental applications. Conscious IV sedation has been used for many years for dental procedures such as removing third molars. Nitrous oxide is available in dental offices, and is a safe and effective means to relax the patient. A relative newcomer to the sedation dentistry family is oral sedation often implemented for a severely anxious patient; an individual that cannot sit or recline for extended periods; or a patient that faces physical or mental challenges.
What is the difference between conscious IV sedation and oral sedation?
There are some similarities between them with the major difference being how they are delivered. With IV sedation, the patient will not take any drugs at home before arriving for their appointment. All sedation is administered in the dental office. With oral sedation, the patient will begin treatment at home by taking a mild sedative about one hour before their appointment. Additional sedatives are administered, if needed, upon arrival at the office.
With IV sedation, the drugs are injected with the use of an IV (intravenous) tube. Oral sedation involves swallowing sedatives with water. IV sedation usually acts faster than oral sedation.
Will I sleep during my procedure?
With sedation dentistry, the patient appears to be sleeping but is conscious; however, there will probably be no memory about the procedure with either form of sedation.
Can I return to work right away?
The patient will be somewhat groggy so they will be advised to return home to rest for the remainder of the day. Reliable transportation is required for both IV and oral sedation.
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and introduced through the use of a nasal mask. In a matter of minutes, the patient is in a mild state of euphoria, but is conscious and aware of their surroundings. Once the nitrous oxide is cut off, pure oxygen returns the patient to completely normal right away. The patient is able to drive and return to work or school.
What are the procedures that most commonly call for any type of sedation?
IV oral sedation is primarily reserved for surgical procedures such as impacted teeth extractions. Oral sedation is very effective for extremely anxious patients or those with physical/mental limitations. Nitrous oxide can calm children and adults before minor teeth extractions or cavity repair (to name a few).
For additional information about sedation dentistry or to schedule a visit, contact our team at Lynn Dental Care today.