At Bedford Dental Care we perform sedation dentistry using a variety of sedation types depending on the procedure and the level of sedation you desire. These include:
- Minimal sedation: you are awake but feel relaxed
- Moderate sedation: you are relaxed and may slur your words when speaking but likely won’t remember the procedure
- Deep sedation: you are on the edge of consciousness and can be awakened.
We do not use general anesthesia, which is typically used in a hospital setting.
Dental Sedation Types
Inhaled minimal sedation: Breathing nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen through a mask placed over your nose helps you relax. The gas usually wears off quickly and you may be able to drive after the procedure.
Oral sedation: Taking a mild sedative makes you drowsy, although you are still awake. A larger dose provides moderate sedation, which may cause you to fall asleep during the procedure. Typically you can be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV moderate sedation: A sedative drug administered through a vein provides faster sedation. The dentist can continually adjust the level of sedation.
Deep sedation: Sedative medications make you almost unconscious or deeply asleep during the procedure.
Before a procedure, the dentist will usually use a local anesthetic to numb the area in your mouth where the dentist will be working.