How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?
What Is Laughing Gas?Laughing gas has been used for hundreds of years. Originally, it was only used as an anesthetic. But today, it is used at lower dosages as a sedative that can:
- Make you feel happy.
- Make you laugh and feel euphoric.
- Keep you relaxed.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Quick and EasyUsing oral conscious sedation may be even easier than laughing gas! All it takes is a pill. We’ll prescribe a sedative to you, which you can swallow a certain amount of time before your appointment. You’ll need someone to drive you here and then take you home afterwards. That’s because your prescription will/may:
- Make you drowsy.
- Put you in a deep state of relaxation.
- Make you slur your words.
- Cause you to forget the procedure afterwards.
How We Keep You SafeFirst, you can feel confident in the knowledge that Dr. Stubbs is qualified to use sedation, and has plenty of experience administering it. We will also examine your medical history to determine the type of sedation that is right for you. We’ll choose sedation that is safe with your other medications, appropriate for your age, and more. We use sedation that is FDA-approved and thoroughly tested. Feel free to ask all the questions you need to before you consent to the sedation type we recommend. Finally, during the procedure itself, we’ll watch your vital signs to make sure you’re stable; for example, the team may monitor your blood pressure and heart rate. This is to ensure both that you’re safe and that you’re comfortable.This technique is designed to keep you awake during the procedure so that you can still follow instructions. But some patients still forget some or all of the procedure later. Before you use oral sedation, we’ll examine your medical history and other prescriptions, adjusting the prescription to make it safe for you. Plus, we only use drugs that have been carefully tested for many years and FDA-approved.
IV SedationFor the highest level of sedation, we can use IV sedation, which administers the medication directly into a vein. This technique will make you:
- Extremely relaxed.
- Conscious enough to follow instructions.
- More comfortable during procedures, especially if you have dental sensitivity.
- Potentially forget the details of your procedure.