Dental Sedation

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.