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Would you rather deal with the discomfort caused by a toothache than schedule an appointment? If so, sedation dentistry might be what you need. Similarly, if you suffer from very sensitive teeth, a gag reflex, or need extensive dental work, you may want to consider sedation dentistry.

Luckily, there are a variety of sedative options available to you—meaning your dentist can suggest a sedative to make your experience as efficient and pleasant as possible. To help you know what you should expect, we’re happy to discuss some of the most common types of sedatives.

Your dentist may give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.

IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. Generally, you will remain awake, though you will probably be less aware during the procedure. However, if you do use IV sedation, please remember to bring someone with you. It is not safe to drive immediately after IV sedation.

Maybe the most common form of sedation is laughing gas. This particular type of sedation is inhaled through a special mask. Laughing gas will not usually put you to sleep, but you will be more relaxed and comfortable.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you soon.