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Types of Sedation Dentistry

Posted by DR. MATHESON on Mar 11 2020, 06:10 AM

Sedation dentistry is selective use usage of sedation to perform a dental procedure. There are several options available that are administered according to your dental condition. They can be from mild sedation to general anesthesia. Sedation helps in coping with dental anxiety or phobia in patients by making them feel relaxed. Sedation dentistry is also referred to as “sleep dentistry” as the patients are made to sleep with certain sedation methods.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

There are certain ways through which sedation can be administered. It actually depends upon the overall health and also the level of relaxation required by the patient. Let us have a look at them:

Intravenous Anesthesia

Many patients find the dental care provided with intravenous or general anesthesia to be the most comforting and relaxing way to resolve their dental issues. Dr. Matheson is highly experienced and has performed several dental sedation and general anesthetics.

Oral Sedation

There are different types of oral sedation techniques that can make the patients feel comfortable and relaxed during the dental process. Generally, the medications used for sedation dentistry are considered to be safe and effective. They are consumed before the treatment. With oral sedation, patients stay awake and can also respond to questions. They will feel calm and won’t even be aware of the sights, smells, and sounds around them. Sometimes the patients feel so relaxed from oral sedation that they fall asleep during the entire process.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, also called laughing gas, is a sedating gas that gives your relief from pain. This gas is combined with oxygen making the patients feel more comfortable during the dental treatment. Often patients might experience a slight tingling feeling. During nitrous oxide sedation, they are made to listen to relaxing music. Some patients get comfortable and relaxed with this, while others need something more tranquilizing. 

In general, the patients who went through traumatic dental or life experiences will feel more comfortable with a sedation dentistry treatment.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Our practice has got well-equipped, trained, and most qualified dentist who can administer using safe and effective sedation options. We have different levels of sedation dentistry, i.e., from mildly sedating one to general anesthesia. 


Call us (480) 888-8123 or schedule an online appointment with Dr. Matheson for a consultation at our office in Queen Creek, AZ.


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