If you are having dental surgery or another type of procedure performed here at Victor Nitu DDS, we will offer you anesthesia or sedation. We want you to be as comfortable as possible, and one of our sedation options will make you relaxed and help you through the procedure. There are several different types of dental sedation options available, and we may recommend one over the others for certain procedures. Here are the different options we offer and how they work.
Oral sedation typically comes in a pill or capsule. You take it just like you would take any other oral medication. We will let you know when you should take the pill. Oral sedation typically does not make you fully unconscious. However, it does relax you to the point that you are not fully aware of what is going on around you. Some patients do not remember anything that occurred while under the sedative. Typically, you will feel sleepy for the rest of the day, so you will need someone to help you home after your appointment. However, you should be fully aware of your surroundings by the next day.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as most people know it, is a traditional sedation option used in dentistry. Like oral sedation, patients who are given laughing gas are still conscious during the procedure. However, they are very relaxed and are not fully aware of what is happening, though some patients are more aware than they would be if they took an oral sedative. The benefit of nitrous oxide is that it wears off quickly. Once you are no longer breathing in the gas and it has cleared out of your lungs, you no longer feel the effects at all.
IV sedation is typically the strongest option. Patients who are given an IV with sedatives are not technically asleep, but they are very relaxed and nearly unconscious. They typically do not remember anything, but we can wake you up if we need to. The recovery time is similar to oral sedatives in that you are likely to still feel sleepy for most of the day.
In the case of major oral surgery, we may need to give you general anesthesia through an IV. This is the most powerful sedative option and does leave you fully unconscious. When we need to do general anesthesia, we will have an anesthesiologist administer the medication and monitor you during the procedure.
Who Needs Dental Sedation?
Anyone who is having an oral procedure can ask for sedation. Nitrous oxide is the best option for those who want to relax. Oral sedation is another common option for our patients. While we typically do not use IV sedation for routine procedures, it is sometimes necessary for oral surgery. If you are going to have any type of dental procedure and would like to talk about sedation options, simply ask about it at your consultation. You can also call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 to make an appointment to discuss your options.