There are a few different reasons for why your dentist might recommend sedation dentistry for you. The reason can greatly influence what level of sedation you choose.
Mild sedation relaxes you while you are still awake. This is a common method for people struggling with dental anxiety. In most cases, mild sedation is administered as inhaled nitrous oxide.
Moderate sedation leaves you groggy yet aware enough to answer a few basic questions. Your speech will often be slurred and you won’t be able to walk safely. You might fall asleep of your own accord but you can be woken up easily. Moderate sedation can sometimes be administered as a pill or liquid you ingest. However, in some cases, it might be administered as a slow-drip IV.
Deep sedation usually renders you completely unconscious for the duration of the procedure. This is more common for oral surgery or for procedures that take a long time or might make the patient uncomfortable. Deep sedation is usually administered as a slow-drip IV. You will safely regain consciousness once the sedative has worn off or has been countered.
If your procedure requires deep sedation, you will want to arrange to have someone drive you home and help you out while you get back on your feet.
If you have questions about the type of sedation that is right for your procedure, please call us at 717-755-2817 to schedule an appointment.