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Do you ever worry about your dental health but stay away from the dentist? Do you do this because you’re afraid of the dentist? Or even because visiting the dentist hurts your teeth. Maybe you suffer from very sensitive teeth or gag reflex, making your experience very uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are many types of sedation, meaning there are many answers for a variety of patients. To help you decide which type of sedation is best for you, we’re happy to discuss three of the most common:

  • Maybe the most common form of sedation is laughing gas. This particular type of sedation is inhaled through a special mask. Laughing gas will not usually put you to sleep, but you will be more relaxed and comfortable.
  • Your dentist may also give you a pill to swallow the night before and another to take an hour before your appointment. Your dentist may adjust the number of pills and the dosage. With this type of sedation, you may fall asleep, though you can usually be woken up with a light shake.
  • IV sedation is a drug that is administered directly through a vein. This allows the medication to work very quickly, and it allows your dentist to adjust the level of sedation when necessary. Generally, you will remain awake, though you will probably be less aware during the procedure. This method of sedation does require some recovery time, so you should consider bringing someone with you.

Do you have any other questions about what you can do for your dental care? Are you interested in learning more about our quality care? If so, please feel free to contact us soon. We’re excited to hear from you.