Sedation dentistry makes oral surgery procedures, such as wisdom teeth removal or placement of dental implants, much more tolerable and comfortable for patients. Our practice offers a number of options for sedation, and different factors may determine which one is the best fit for you.
If you will be receiving sedation, it’s important to be prepared for your appointment by following the instructions that we will provide.
Sedation Methods Used in Oral Surgery
Depending on the type of procedure you will undergo, you may be able to choose from any of the following sedation options:
- Nitrous oxide: The patient inhales gaseous nitrous oxide through a mask. This method takes effect quickly and it wears off quickly as well.
- Oral sedation: The patient takes an anti-anxiety medication in pill form a certain amount of time prior to the appointment.
- IV sedation: Sedatives are delivered intravenously into the bloodstream, achieving the desired effect nearly instantly.
Considerations for Sedation Methods
Which sedation option will be best for you? Your oral surgeon may recommend certain sedation options in some cases. These are the factors that may influence that discussion:
- Type of procedure: More involved or time-consuming procedures.
- Personal preference: Some patients might be fearful of needles, for example, and oral sedation can be a good alternative in these cases.
- Medical history: If you have a history of adverse effects from anesthesia, that may influence which methods are available to you.
There may be other considerations pertinent to your case. Your surgeon will discuss them with you prior to your appointment.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Patients will need to take different steps to prepare for sedation dentistry depending on the method being used. If you are receiving IV sedation, you’ll need to fast for a specified period of time prior to your appointment.
Patients using oral sedation need to take the pill far enough in advance of the appointment for it to take effect. This means that you will not be able to drive yourself to the appointment and you must make arrangements for someone to bring you to our office.
Additionally, you will need to have a responsible adult bring you home after the appointment, as the sedative’s effects won’t be fully reversed before you leave our office.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, don’t hesitate to ask our team at Jackson Oral Surgery. We are happy to provide any information that you need to make the best treatment decision for you.