Based on the type of sedation, we will have different procedures for sedation administration. Let’s see the major sedation options and the procedure of administration:
Nitrous Oxide Inhalation: Nitrous oxide – generally known as laughing gas – gives mild effects and is the choice for less complex dental procedures. Through a mask over your nose, we will deliver the mix of nitrogen and oxygen to keep you relaxed throughout the dental procedure. We can control the level of sedation by increasing or decreasing the gas flow, and the effects will wear off immediately after removing the mask.
Oral Sedation: Our dentists will give sedative pills – usually Halcion – to ensure mild to medium effects to complete the procedure. It will never knock you out but keep you relaxed in the dental chair. You can see the entire procedure and talk to our dentists but may forget about it once over. We will make you take the pill an hour before the procedure to ensure a painless experience.
IV Sedation: It involves the administration of the drug through veins and gives instant effects. Our experienced physician anesthesiologists will provide you with the sedation, and we can control the level of it based on the treatment requirements. Also known as twilight sedation, it will give you moderate to deep effects and ideal for minor surgeries and short dental procedures. In most cases, it will not knock you, but you may be given oxygen as deep sedation can slow the breathing.
General Anaesthesia: This is the choice for you if you are receiving a complex dental procedure. Our physician anesthesiologists will carefully administer the medication and make you sleep deeply or unconscious during the procedure.
Before giving general anaesthesia, we will check your overall health and age and ensure that the sedation can give you the best results. If your breathing rate slows during the procedure, we may provide you with oxygen. Also, our anesthesiologists will monitor your vitals throughout the procedure to ensure a safe treatment experience for you.