Dental sedation is the process by which dentists administer sedatives to their patients to keep them calm and relaxed during dental procedures. Dentists will decide the most appropriate sedation technique for your dental treatment. The main types of dental sedation include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), Intravenous (IV) sedation, and oral sedation. Call us at (864) 233-1533 for high-quality sedation by licensed professionals.
Sedation can be influenced by individual variations in drug metabolism, leading to varying levels of sedative effects.
Dr. Ladd must first evaluate your dental issue to determine whether you qualify for dental sedation. He’ll choose the sedation method based on your medical history, the complexity of the dental procedure, and your personal preferences. With a sedation technique in mind, you can move to the next step.
The next step involves administering the dental sedation as indicated in the treatment plan. With oral conscious sedation, patients will take a pill about 3 minutes before the procedure. For nitrous oxide sedation, Dr. Ladd will put a face mask on your face and turn on the gas supply while in IV sedation, Dr. Ladd will insert an IV line into a vein in your arm and supply the sedative directly to your bloodstream.
After administering the sedation, Dr. Ladd will keep a keen eye on your vitals. The vitals in question are your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate. He’ll stop sedation if they notice abnormalities in your vitals but will proceed with the treatment if everything checks out.
The duration of dental sedation takes to wear off of your body depends on the type of sedation in question. For example, Nitrous oxide wears off three to five minutes after stopping the gas supply. Oral conscious sedation, on the other hand, takes two to eight hours to wear off while IV sedation takes 30 minutes to 6 hours to wear off. Some forms of deep sedation take up to 48 hours to disappear from the body.
Did you know that the concept of sedation in dentistry dates back thousands of years?
It really depends on the type of sedation you underwent. Patients who undergo nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation will remember everything about the procedure. However, patients undergoing IV sedation won’t remember the process. That’s because IV sedation offers a deep level of sedation that puts them in twilight sleep. This means that although they’ll be conscious, they won’t remember a thing about the procedure.
No, driving yourself home puts you at risk of a road accident. You see, sedation takes time to wear off and you may have side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, and poor coordination which can increase the likelihood of a road accident. You’re better off calling your friend to drive you home or using a ride-sharing platform to catch a ride home.
Sedation can be used for minor treatments like tooth cleanings and exams.