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Sedation Options Help You Relax in the Dentist Chair

Sedation Options Help You Relax in the Dentist Chair

If the thought of a dental visit makes you cringe, you are not alone. In fact, some studies say that one in five people dread the dentist chair. Luckily, Dr. Patrick Moriarty at Enhance Dental Care of Lawrence is a dentist who knows how to ease your fears. He offers sedation dentistry that can help you not only get through a visit but forget all about it.

Inhaled Sedation

Sedation dentistry is medication that can help you relax during dental procedures. Using nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, the dentist can control your sedation, offering these levels:

  • Minimal sedation: You are awake but relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation: You may slur words, but you do not remember much of your visit.
  • Deep sedation: You will be right on the edge of sleep, but you can be awakened.
  • General anesthesia: You are unconscious.

With inhaled sedation, you breathe a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide through a mask. It wears off quickly when the gas is turned off, meaning you can drive yourself back to work or home after the procedure.

Oral Sedation

Oral medication is more well-known as a sedation dentistry option; it offers sedation levels from minimal to moderate. Halcion, which is similar to Valium, is usually the pill used for oral sedation, and the patient swallows it about an hour before the appointment. You will be sleepy and relaxed but still awake for the procedure. For a deeper sedation, you may take a larger dose, which is enough for some people to fall asleep. You can usually awake easily with a nudge. However, you should have someone drive you home afterward as you may be groggy.

With either method, your dentist still needs to apply a local anesthetic to numb the procedure site. Dr. Moriarty will discuss your options and help you choose the type of sedation that is right for you. Contact our office in Lawrence, KS to get more information about sedation dentistry!