Sedation Dentistry: Get to Know the Various Kinds of Sedation Used

Dentist performing dental treatment on a patientMany people are so afraid of going to the dentist to have their teeth checked that they instead pop painkillers. For such people, sedation may take the edge off.

In Meridian, cosmetic dentistry utilizes sedation to keep the patient awake but in a relaxed state. The patient could also choose to be moderately sedated, in which case they will not remember much of the procedure





A very fearful patient could opt for deep sedation or general anesthesia so that they are unconscious. The following are the types of sedation that you can expect at your dentists’.

1. Minimal inhaled sedation

Here, the dentist allows you to inhale a combination of laughing gas (nitrous oxide) and oxygen. The gases help you relax. Typically, the dentist controls the amount of gas you receive. Ideally, you should be able to resume normal activities after the procedure.

2. Oral sedation




The dentist can give you oral sedation doses ranging from moderate to minimal. Typically, the dentist uses Halcion, but they could also use another member of the Valium family. You take this drug a while before the procedure, and it makes you drowsy. Some people become so affected that they fall asleep.

3. General anesthesia

This type of sedation makes the patient unconscious. Under this sedation, you cannot wake up until after the procedure and the anesthesia effects wear off. If they take too long, medication can reverse them.

If you are in a hurry, the best way to administer the anesthesia is through injection. It works faster.

Speed aside, anyone having their teeth worked on will also need numbing medication so that it relieves the pain and the discomfort of the procedure. After that, the dentist determines whether you need additional medication.