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Dental Sedation with Rockwall Oral Surgery 

When patients schedule a dental procedure, they may be wondering which sedation method is correct. There are several options available, and each one has its benefits and drawbacks. Rockwall Oral Surgery will discuss the different types of dental sedation options and help you decide which one is right for you.

Is Dental Sedation the Right Move for You?

Avoiding your dental needs because of fear can only lead to more significant health issues later on in life. At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we have dental sedation methods to help ease your mind. We take your oral health seriously and want you to remain calm when it comes time for your procedure. Some reasons why we suggest dental sedation:

  • You are nervous about your upcoming procedure.
  • You find it challenging to sit still, even for short periods.
  • You have much work that needs to be done, or your procedure will take a significant amount of time.
  • Your teeth are exceptionally sensitive.
  • You have a low tolerance for pain.
  • You have a terrible gag reflex.

Types of Dental Sedation Options Rockwall Oral Surgery Offers

Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas, is our minimal form of sedation. Nitrous oxide gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through your nose. It takes effect quickly and wears off shortly after the mask is removed.

Oral sedation – this is a medication by mouth. We provide you with a prescription ahead of time, and you take the medication an hour before your scheduled procedure. The exact time of when you take the medication depends on many factors, but it works in about 30 minutes. After your procedure, it can take a while to wear off, so you will need someone to drive to your appointment with you.

Intravenous Sedation (IV) – is deep sedation and general anesthesia. The medication is delivered directly into your bloodstream, so it immediately takes effect. Like oral sedation, it will take a while to wear off, so you will need someone to drive you home after your procedure.

What is Dental Sedation?

Nitrous Oxide is better known as laughing gas. Nitrous Oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is mixed with oxygen. You inhale nitrous oxide through a small mask that is worn over your nose. As you breathe the gas in, it works almost instantly to help you feel more relaxed. You are entirely conscious, just more comfortable. Nitrous Oxide also helps to raise your pain tolerance and reduce your gag reflex. Once your procedure is over, in most cases, you’re feeling back to normal in no time, and you can drive yourself home.

Oral sedation is a form of moderate conscious sedation. This sedation makes you feel tired and relaxed, although you are awake. Many patients report temporary amnesia, where they can remember part of the surgery but not the entire thing. The effects of oral sedation can linger for hours after treatment is complete, so it would be best to have someone with you to drive you home. It is essential to rest and take it easy until it wears off. You never want to rush a healing process.

Intravenous sedation, also known as IV sedation, is also a moderate form of conscious sedation. The medication is delivered through a small needle directly into your bloodstream. IV sedation immediately takes effect, making you feel sleepy and relaxed even though you are still awake. Like Oral sedation, you will feel the effects once your procedure is over. so we ask that you have someone provide you with a ride home. 

Reach Out to Rockwall Oral Surgery 

Do you want to know more about why dental sedation options are important to discuss? Call Rockwall Oral Surgery at (469)757-4433, and we can help you better understand your options. Do not let fear win, and we have ways to help.