Does your heart start pounding at the slightest thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you see a dental practice? Many men and women who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation dentistry in Murray. Though the terms ‘sleep dentistry’ and ‘oral conscious sedation’ are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s consider the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is ordinarily called. Nitrous oxide has been used in cosmetic dental offices for decades because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the process, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental services, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best option.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as swiftly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually bring about complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in ‘conscious’ sedation. Two of the most prevalent sedatives used by Murray dentists are diazepam and triazolam.
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true ‘sleep dentistry.’ Most patients are oblivious to what is happening in their mouth. IV sedation dentistry in Murray is often used for services such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure.
For more information about sedation dentistry in Murray, call Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS at 801-506-6009. We’d be happy to answer any questions.