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Do the words dental anxiety apply to you when you visit your dentist? As with many individuals, having your teeth worked on can be somewhat daunting for some, which is why there are so many thriving types of sedatives used in dentistry to give you the sensations and stress-free visit you desire. Here are some tips for understanding the different types of sedation in dentistry:

– Anesthetic Sedation: Deep sedation transpires with the use of general anesthesia, which is often considered the strongest form of sedative, as it puts patients into a deep sleep where they remain until the sedative has completely worn off.

– Inhaled Minimal Sedation: The gas mixture used in inhaled sedation consists of oxygen and nitrous oxide, an assortment known as laughing gas, which is inhaled and typically is used when a patient needs to be relaxed.

– Intravenous Sedation: Intravenous sedation occurs when a sedative is placed directly into the bloodstream, which is extremely effective and extremely fast-acting. Dosages can be adjusted to achieve the desired effect, including placing the patient into a sleep state.

– Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is completed with the use of pills and tablets to achieve the desired effect. This treatment is easily customizable based on dosage and desired effect, but it does take a while for the sedative to take effect, often up to as much as an hour.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact our team at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc by calling us at 830-443-4352. If you would like an oral exam or bi-annual professional cleaning, our dentist office is located in Boerne, Texas. We are here to proudly keep you and your smile healthy and happy.