Does your heart start pounding at the simple thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you pass a dental practice? Many people who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation in Jefferson City. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are usually used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s examine the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is typically called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the procedure, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the wisest option.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually result in complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation in Jefferson City. Two of the most common sedatives used by Jefferson City dentists are diazepam and triazolam.
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are unaware to what is happening in their mouth. IV sedation in Jefferson City is often used for procedures such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure cosmetic dental smile makeovers. The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up. For more details about sedation dentistry, adult braces, tooth implants, or porcelain veneers, call Jefferson City Dental Care at 573-634-2400.