Under the circumstance that a simple procedure must be completed, a combination of sedation methods may be recommended to induce a mild calming and local anesthetic effect. This ensures patient comfort and quality care.
Oral Sedation: Administered by mouth and is prescribed in a variety of single or incremental doses. Often used to medicate patients as early as the day before his/her scheduled dental procedure to help with relaxation, reducing memory, and avoiding recollection of past traumatic dental experiences.
Local Anesthesia: Administered via injection. Utilized during procedures to numb a specific area in the mouth to reduce discomfort.
IV-Sedation: Administered intravenously, works quickly to help patients relax and block pain. Referred to as conscious sedation because patients often remain awake and are able to respond to simple commands. IV-Sedation allows patients to recover quickly and return to everyday activities soon after the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide: Is administered via a nasal cannula and is also known as “laughing gas”. This safe and effective sedative is mixed with oxygen upon administering and results in patients being able to relax as well as feel little to no pain during small dental procedures.