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What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

Posted on 11/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Dental assistant fitting a sedation mask over the nose of her calm female patientSedation is recommended for patients who experience anxiety while visiting the dentist and is also appropriate for prolonged dental procedures. If you are interested in sedation, you may wonder how it feels. Here is some information that you may find beneficial if you are inquisitive.

There Are Different Types Of Sedation

Among the sedatives, nitrous oxide tends to be the weakest. This sedative is generally given to youngsters apprehensive at the dentist's office. Your dentist will drape a mask over your nose to enable you to inhale the gas. Patients will feel peaceful and relaxed but will still be entirely aware of their surroundings and capable of reacting to directions.

On the other hand, IV sedation is delivered by an IV. It is substantially stronger than nitrous oxide. Therefore, it is preferable for lengthier operations or acute dental anxiety. However, you will still be perfectly conscious-albeit tired-during the process. Your dentist will also check your vitals constantly to ensure that the delivery of the medicine is at the appropriate pace.

General anesthesia, in contrast to other sedatives, is essentially painless. Your dentist may put you to sleep for the length of your visit in only a few minutes. General anesthesia has a higher risk profile than nitrous oxide or intravenous sedation and is thus seldom utilized. This is often only done for individuals with extensive treatment or those with special needs with a severe phobia of dentists.

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