Speak to Your Dental Surgeon About These 3 Sedation Options

It is normal to feel uneasy about oral surgery. Sedation options can help you relax for your appointment and help your surgery go smoothly.

Speak to your dental surgeon about these 3 sedation options to discover which one is right for you.

1. Oral Sedation Options

It is common to feel nervous about undergoing dental surgery. Even if you know exactly how the surgery works and how much it will benefit you, it can still be hard to feel at ease.

Oral sedation options are great ways to relax and feel more comfortable at your appointment, and prescription medications that relieve anxiety will help you get through your procedure.

Since oral sedation can make you sleepy, you should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.

2. IV Sedation

When undergoing a complex procedure, your surgeon will provide IV anesthesia to make you sleep through the surgery. This sedation will ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.

Before going under anesthesia, you must fast and avoid liquids for at least eight hours before surgery. For this reason, scheduling a morning appointment is easiest, so you only need to fast during the night.

When you wake up after the IV sedation wears off, you will feel groggy for a while and should not operate a vehicle. Make sure that someone can pick you up after your surgery.

3. Nitrous Oxide Gas

As one of the mildest and shortest-lasting sedation options, nitrous oxide gas is ideal for simple oral surgeries.

If you choose nitrous oxide gas as a sedation option, your surgeon will place a mask over your nose to allow the gas to take effect. You will likely feel happy and relaxed while under sedation.

Nitrous oxide gas is a good sedation choice if you plan to drive yourself home, as it wears off more quickly than oral sedation.


Depending on which type of sedation you prefer or how long your surgery will be, nitrous oxide gas, IV anesthesia, and oral sedation offer different benefits.

To find the best solution for you, consult with a qualified oral surgeon. During your consultation, you can discuss your medical history and the benefits of each sedative. 

Do you need dental surgery and are unsure which sedation options are ideal for you? Get in touch with us now to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jackson.

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