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When the time comes to visit your dentist for your routine oral checkups and cleanings, you may be in need of sedatives to help calm and relax you during treatments. If you need an oral health care procedure that requires significant work, you may even be put to sleep. Several forms of sedation dentistry exist to help ensure your procedures can be given pain-free. Listed below are some of the most common types:

  • Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Inhaled minimal sedation, also known as gas sedation, is a type of sedation designed to help put patients into a calm or relaxed state through the use of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. It does wear off rather quickly.
  • Oral Sedation: Oral sedation, also known as pill sedation, is given via a pill or tablet that is ingested prior to an oral health care procedure. Due to the amount of time it takes for oral sedation to kick in, it is often given up to an hour before treatments are to be applied.
  • Intravenous Moderate Sedation: Intravenous moderate sedation, also known as IV sedation, occurs through injections directly into your bloodstream, which is an extremely fast-acting sedative that can be adjusted. Because it reaches your bloodstream so quickly, it is extremely fast-acting. IV sedation is popular, as levels of sedation can be adjusted accordingly for the patient’s needs.

If you are showing symptoms of dental anxiety, come visit Wasatch Gentle Dental for assistance today. With the expert care of our dentists and wonderful team at our dental office in Murray, Utah, we can rebuild your smile and keep you calm and stress-free with sedation dentistry. To set up an appointment, call us at 801-262-6661.