There are various depths of sedation available, making it possible for your dentist to tailor the degree of sedation you need to your individual requirements. For example, a quick check-up may only require light sedation, whereas a procedure like root canal might necessitate the use of deep sedation as it is a longer and more invasive treatment. Here’s what you need to know about the various types of sedation.
Light Sedation – this usually involves nitrous oxide gas, aka laughing gas, which is administered via a mask placed over your nose. Sedation only lasts for as long as you are inhaling the gas as the effects wear off virtually instantly. You will feel light-headed but calm and will have total awareness of what’s happening around you.
Moderate sedation – patients are asked to swallow a pill/capsule around an hour before your appointment. This induces a dream-like effect that keeps you calm and comfortable for the duration of your appointment. You will be aware of what’s going on, but not worried. The effects last for several hours and you will need someone to take you home after your appointment.
Deep sedation – this is administered intravenously via a cannular placed into the back of your hand. Patients are placed on the edge of consciousness and you’ll find it impossible to tell what is happening around you. You also won’t have any memory of the procedure after. Again, the effects can last for some hours, and support after the procedure is essential, including someone driving you home and staying with you.
If your dental health is suffering as a result of your anxiety about visiting the dentist, you may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Our dental team will be able to talk to you about the different types of sedation in more detail and will recommend which is most suited to your needs. Schedule your appointment today by calling our office in Rockford, IL.