When it comes to oral surgery, you rarely want to go through the procedure without some kind of sedation. Being sedated helps you relax, reduces the pain you'll feel during the procedure, and makes it easier for us to do our work.
When you come in for your procedure, we'll talk about the different types of sedation available and which one will work best for you. There are a few different reasons why we offer different types of sedation.
Not All Procedures Require Full Sedation
Some of our procedures are actually fairly mild and don't require you to be completely put under. Nitrous oxide, usually referred to as laughing gas, is a very mild sedation that simply helps you relax. It's a great option if you aren't undergoing a major procedure.
On the other hand, IV sedation can function as a general anesthesia, completely knocking you unconscious for the procedure. It's usually only used for major surgery, though.
Some People Don't Respond to Certain Types of Sedation
There are some people who aren't really affected by oral sedation. This type of sedation is taken orally as a pill and usually leaves the patient mostly conscious but very relaxed. It's great for those who have anxiety or a moderately painful procedure, but it doesn't work for everyone.
Some people don't feel much different at all after taking the pill. For these patients, other types of sedation may be needed. Having various options on hand insures we can help everyone.
Some People Don't Like Some Options There are some patients we have who refuse laughing gas because they simply don't like it. Likewise, there are some who are deathly afraid of needles and do not want an IV put in. This is another reason why we like to have different options on hand. We want to make certain you're comfortable with the type of sedation used.
Want to know more about our sedation methods? Call today to talk to one of our staff members.