Dr. Kami Hoss understands that many people cannot stand to go to the dentist. Unfortunately, avoiding proper oral care can lead to worse problems down the line. Sedation dentistry is an option available for those who experience severe stress and anxiety. A medicine is distributed to the patient by a licensed professional (dentists can administer minimal sedation) through a variety of sedation dentistry options allow patients to feel relaxed and comfortable while a dental procedure occurs. Typically sedatives are accompanied by a local anesthetic, which is a type of medicine that allows the tooth (or mouth) to become numb to avoid pain during and after the procedure.

There are multiple types of calming medications available for patients. A common form is nitrous oxide, otherwise known as ‘laughing gas.’ While being awake through the procedure, a mask is placed over the patient’s nose, through which he or she will breathe. The dentist is able to control the amount of nitrous oxide the patient receives and once the procedure is over, the mask is taken off and the gas quickly wears off. This is the most common form of minimal sedation administered to children.

Oral sedation is typically given to the patient in the form of a pill. It is typically given to the patient an hour before a procedure. The patient will begin to feel drowsy, sometimes leading for them to fall asleep. Typically the patient will need someone to drive them home, as they can feel drowsy up to a few hours.

IV Sedation is a quick form of relaxing a patient. It is inserted through a blood vein and works very quickly to allow the patient to fall asleep. Dentists can adjust the amount of the drug that is distributed, while monitoring the patient’s vitals and breathing.

Anesthesia is the most common form of sedation given to patients undergoing surgical operations. Anesthesia will make the patient fall into a deep sleep and cannot be awaken until the medicine wears off.

Sedation is typically safe for patients who are in good health, but as with all medication, there is always a risk. Before any type of medical procedure or medicine distribution, patients will undergo a series of questions to determine if and what kind of sedative is right for them. Your dentist will be checking and monitoring your vital signs. Make sure your doctor has an updated health chart as detailed to your knowledge as possible.  They should also explain the risks that are taken when medicine is distributed. Depending on the type of treatment you’ll be receiving, your dentist may prescribe you medicine in order to prepare for the sedative.


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