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There are varying degrees of sedation dentistry. The invasiveness or duration of the procedure as well as your personal preference will dictate the level of sedation Dr. Natalya Ramsay may recommend.
Dental anxiety and simple short procedures sometimes involve mild sedation from inhaling nitrous oxide. While you are breathing the gas you are fully awake, yet relaxed. the entire time, but the gas helps lower blood pressure and reduce feelings of stress.
Procedures that require a patient to hold their mouth open for long period of time, might call for moderate sedation. This is also not uncommon for special needs patients that have involuntary body movements or dental anxiety.
The sedative agent can be a pill or liquid you ingest or they might also suggest using a slow drip IV. Even though you might fall asleep during the procedure, you can easily be awakened to answer key questions. When they are done, we will often administer a counter agent which negates the sedative effect.
Long procedures and oral surgery often call for deep sedation to provide you with maximum comfort. Since it will take a while for the sedative agent to be fully countered in your system, you will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Deep sedation is usually administered via a slow drip IV.
If you have an upcoming procedure that might require sedation and you have questions, please feel free to call us at 503-472-1402 to schedule an appointment. Here at Evans Street Dental Center, we are always happy to help you with your oral needs.