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Different Types of Dental Sedation to Help With Your Anxiety

Does the thought of visiting your dentist give you a lot of anxiety? If so, sedation dentistry might be something you ought to consider! Sedation dentistry involves a range of different techniques that can be utilized according to your specific needs and preferences to help you relax during your appointment. In certain instances, medical clearance may also be needed if you have severe dental issues and a complicated medical history. Here are the types of dental sedation commonly available to our patients:

Laughing gas

Formally known as Nitrous oxide, laughing gas is one of the most commonly used types of sedation. This type of sedation doesn’t put you under but is quite efficient when it comes to reducing your levels of anxiety. The effects also tend to wear off rather fast, allowing you to return to work (or your child to school) soon after. It’s not uncommon for laughing gas to be paired with local anesthesia for further efficiency.

General anaesthesia

Using general anaesthesia, you’ll be asleep for your entire dental sedation! This type of sedation is usually administered via an injection directly into your veins and combined with a gaseous anaesthetic. If you’re highly anxious, or have a complex dental treatment/surgery, this is usually the recommended method of sedation.

Enteral sedation

For patients who prefer to have an oral option, enteral sedation comes in the form of a pill or liquid. It is usually combined with nitrous oxide for better results. This type of sedation usually helps you relax, and at times fall asleep, but you’ll be able to easily wake up and respond to any instructions.

IV sedation

Another type of sedation which is directly injected into the vein is IV sedation, which is stronger than oral or gaseous sedation. This relaxes the patient while still keeping them conscious. It’s also faster to take effect than oral sedatives (which usually take up to an hour).

At Wyndham Dental, we are fully qualified to administer dental sedation, allowing you to now get through your dentist’s appointments with ease. Don’t let that fear jeopardize your oral health, schedule your appointment today!