Dental Sedation

Why Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation for oral surgery is a safe and effective way to manage anxiety in patients. It involves the use of medications that are administered intravenously, orally, or inhaled to produce a state of deep relaxation and also block out pain. Dental sedation can be used for a wide range of oral surgeries, including extractions, implants, and wisdom tooth removal. It is an excellent choice for patients visiting our Idaho office who are very anxious about their procedure, have difficulty with anesthesia, or are undergoing multiple operations.

The three types of dental sedation are oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. To learn more about these options, we invite you to read below. If you have any questions, please call our office!

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a type of dental sedation in which the patient breathes in a gas that causes them to feel relaxed and calm. The gas will be given through a small mask that fits over their nose. The patient will need to breathe in and out of the mask steadily as the sedation takes effect. 

Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. It simply makes you feel free of anxiety. This means you will be able to answer our doctor’s questions and speak with him during the procedure. Because of this, nitrous oxide can be used in all stages of dental surgery.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a type of medication that is administered orally, usually in the form of a pill, at least an hour before surgery begins. It is used to help patients feel comfortable and pain-free during dental procedures. Oral sedation can be used for patients of all ages, and it is a popular choice for those who are anxious or fearful about dental surgery.

Oral sedation can make patients feel drowsy, and these effects may linger after surgery is complete. It’s important that the patient arrange a friend or family member to drive them to and from our surgery center.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is a type of dental sedation in which the patient receives medication through a vein in their arm. This type of sedation typically takes effect quickly and causes deep sleep; this can help the patient remain tranquil during their appointment. IV sedation is used for dental procedures that are longer or more complex. With this method, patients are able to feel more relaxed during their treatment.

This form of sedation can cause drowsiness that lasts for a few hours after surgery is complete. For this reason, it will be necessary for the patient to make arrangements with a friend or family member to drive them home.

Benefits Of Sedation

  • A relaxed & calm state during dental surgery
  • Less anxiety & fear about dental surgery
  • A calmer experience with less memory of the procedure
  • Reduced heart rate & blood pressure

Keeping Your Mind Relaxed While Performing Surgery

At Clark Oral & Facial Surgery, we prioritize the comfort of our patients throughout the surgical process. By offering sedation, we hope that patients can feel more relaxed and confident in the surgical environment, getting them through their procedure with ease. 

Because we truly care about you, you can always count on the extra effort being made to accommodate your comfort level and satisfaction with the experience. Our passion is for creating healthier smiles and changing lives with oral surgery, but also for your contentment. Call our office today to learn more about our sedation options!