Oral sedation dentistry is the use of gas, and orally administered medication to relax you in situations where significant relaxation or amnesia is what you want. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation dentistry. In some cases, particularly if you have a severe fear of the dentist’s chair or just do not want to feel or remember the procedures, Dr. Briggs has the training, skill, experience, and technology to safely prescribe or administer advanced sedation techniques. Medication can be prescribed to relieve anxiety prior to your visit, aiding your comfort. The advanced sedation techniques, while safe, do require thought on your part. Prior to making your decision, you should consult with the Briggs Family team to understand your choices.
The type of sedation that you receive needs to be chosen carefully based on your medical history and current health.
3 Most Common Forms of Sedation Dentistry
- As we mentioned before, nitrous oxide is a simple and mild sedative which is administered by you inhaling it. The effects of nitrous oxide are short-lived and will often allow you to feel normal within a few hours.
- Oral sedatives are another great option for those who fear dental procedures. Your dentist will give you a pill when you arrive at your appointment, or prescribe a sedative for you to take prior to your appointment which can be especially helpful for patients who feel anxiety prior to their appointment. The types of oral sedatives vary, but benzodiazepines are the most common oral sedative used in dentistry.
- The most advanced sedation techniques include general anesthesia and intravenous delivery which will put you under heavy sedation in a conscious or unconscious state. Both sedation techniques will require for your dentist to monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety.
No matter which sedation method you and your dentist choose, it is always important to find a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Talk to Dr. Briggs about which sedation method will best relieve your anxiety during routine appointments or dental procedures.