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Dental Sedation

Dental Sedation

North Haven Family Dentistry offers dental sedation for our patients. When you are undergoing dental procedures, let us make you more comfortable. Your dental procedures on’t have to be painful.​

Dental sedation is a medication used to help patients feel more relaxed during their dental procedures. Dental sedation comes in various forms and levels. Here is a deeper look at dental sedation.

When Is Dental Sedation Used?

​If the thought of undergoing dental procedures makes you nervous, don’t worry. Many people have a fear of having their teeth cleaned, or having other dental procedures done. There are different levels of dental sedation which include:

  • Minimal sedation- the patient is awake during this low level sedation, but very relaxed
  • Moderate sedation- the patient is still awake, but so relaxed that they may not recall the procedure
  • Deep sedation – the patient is almost unconscious
  • General anesthesia  – the patient is completely unconscious and will awake after the medication wears off

Dental sedation is used for patients who have a severe fear of undergoing dental examines or procedures. A dentist may also offer sedation for extensive procedures such as a root canal or dental fillings. Patients who have trouble handling pain should ask about dental sedation.

How Is The Treatment Administered?

We offer different forms of dental sedation. We can administer these before or during dental procedures. These forms of dental sedation are administered in different forms such as:

  • Inhalation – this is commonly known as “laughing gas.” The patient slowly breathes in nitrous oxide via a mask. During the breathing process, the patient slowly relaxes. This is a form of minimal sedation
  • Oral sedation – this is usually administered in pill form and can be taken about an hour prior to the procedure. The dosage will depend on the level of the procedure. A small dose will introduce minimal sedation, while a larger dose will introduce moderate sedation.
  • Intravenous (IV injection) – this method allows the medication to work quickly. During the procedure, the dentist will be able to control the level of sedation.
  • Local anesthesia – whether you receive a minimal or moderate sedation, the dentist will give you an additional anesthetic. This is usually a numbing shot in the location where the dentist will be working. This helps to relieve any discomfort.

What Can You Expect After Sedation?

It is very important to follow any instructions you receive from your dentist. Rest is very important.  Ask us about any special instructions.
For minimal sedation, there is an average recovery period of 20-30 minutes. For heavier sedation, it will take longer. During the course of the day, the effects of the sedation with wear off. You should feel back to normal within 24 hours.

Ask Us About Dental Sedation

If you need a dental procedure done, call North Haven Family Dentistry today. We will gladly make you an appointment. Dr. Bhupatiraju will assess the right sedation methods for you.
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