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Sedation Dentistry

There are several types of sedatives available to patients for procedures. They are as follows:

1) Conscious sedation is a light sedation that allows the patient to be woken fairly easily. In addition, the patient’s brain’s protective reflexes that control automatic functions such as breathing and heart beat are intact. This type of sedation usually involves taking a pill to induce drowsiness. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” can also be used – it is very effective and wears off quickly.

2) Intravenous sedation requires special training, equipment, and a separate license. This form of sedation is used mainly by oral surgeons for complicated extractions, such as impacted wisdom teeth. Very few general dentists use this for regular treatment. Intravenous sedation, in the right hands, is very safe and effective. ​Only the Oral Surgeon in our office utilizes this method of sedation.

3) Although General sedation is never used in a dental office, it should be included in a discussion of sedation methods. This type of sedation is typically done in the hospital or surgical center and requires a procedure called intubation, which allows a machine to breathe for the patient. As such, general sedation is reserved for longer, more complicated surgeries such as transplants, open heart, and brain surgeries.

4) In addition to the “deeper” methods of sedation listed above, dental patients can also opt for a local anesthetic like Lidocaine, which is administered by needle as an injection in the jaw. This is the most common way to prevent the patient from feeling pain during any procedure.

Dr. Weisbrot has been practicing for 31 years and is fully trained. He keeps up on his continuing education courses on all methods of conscious sedation. He is fully capable of providing the type of sedation that will make my patients the most comfortable during their procedures.