Can you believe that laughing gas is used before many dental treatments to ease people into a calm and relaxed state? Surprisingly, laughing gas is also the mildest form of sedative used, as numerous other forms of sedation are strong enough to potentially put people to sleep.
The excitement of a better smile awaits with sedation dentistry. The key to understanding sedation dentistry includes the following:
– Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Inhaled minimal sedation is commonly branded as laughing gas. It works by having the user breathe in a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide to help them relax.
– IV Moderate Sedation: Intravenous moderate sedation is injected directly into your bloodstream for an abrupt effect.
– Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a sedative that is taken orally, but must be taken up to an hour before the procedure, as it can take that long to start working.
– Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia: This version of sedative is used or intensive procedures as it can put you into a deep sleep from which you cannot awake until the anesthesia wears off.
For additional help with sedation dentistry, Dr. James Schall and our team at Bel Air Smile Partners are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Havre de Grace, Maryland, please contact us at 410-939-4030 to speak with a member of our team. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!