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sedation dentist Sedation or can be achieved in a number of different ways. In each method of sedation, patients are monitored for vital signs and local anesthetic is used.

Nitrous Oxide

The most typical form of sedation used in dentistry involves the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas). First discovered in the 1700’s, nitrous oxide suppresses pain and creates a euphoric feeling to patients that inhale it.

Nitrous oxide is delivered through a nosepiece during the procedure, which allows the patient to have a more comfortable and relaxing time during their treatment. Following treatment, the patient is placed on 100% oxygen for 5 minutes, allowing the gas to fully leave their respiratory system.

Contraindications for nitrous oxide include people with respiratory or sinus infections, because it is necessary that they be able to breath freely and comfortably. During nitrous oxide sedation the patient is fully aware of their surroundings and should be able to communicate freely with the dentist.

Oral Sedation Medication

Some prescription medications can be taken orally to help sedate the patient during their visit.

Typically these medications are taken about an hour before the scheduled appointment time and a family member or friend must escort the patient to the office. These medications cause the patient to experience a light sleep, but they can still arouse easily if the dental staff need to interact with them.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation involves the delivery of sedation medications through an IV line. These patients are sedated deeper than other forms of sedation in a dental office. Patients will be unaware of what procedures are being performed until the medication has been cut off.

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