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Sedation Options


When it comes to providing your oral and facial surgical treatments, our top goal is your safety and comfort. Many surgical procedures, however, can cause feelings of anxiety and fear. Others may take a few hours to complete or be invasive. Providing you with safe, effective care requires that you remain relaxed and comfortable during your treatment. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can ensure your comfort with sedation.

Why Use Sedation?


There are many reasons why sedation may be recommended. Common reasons for sedation include:
•  Fear or anxiety about the dental procedure.
•  You have very sensitive teeth.
•  Your gag reflex is strong.
•  You have a low tolerance for pain.
•  You are undergoing an invasive or complex procedure.
•  Your procedure will take a long time, or you are undergoing several procedures at once.


Nitrous Oxide


Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation available. More commonly known as laughing gas, this type of sedation is inhaled through a small mask worn over your nose. The sedation goes to work almost instantly, making you feel calm and relaxed. You are still completely conscious though. In addition to making you feel more relaxed, nitrous oxide helps to raise your pain threshold and lower your gag reflex. When your procedure is over, the gas is shut off. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off just about as quickly as they take effect, and you are back to your normal self in no time at all. You can even drive yourself home after your appointment is complete in most cases.

Oral Sedation


Oral sedation is a form of moderate sedation that is administered through a medication that is taken by mouth. This type of sedation takes about 30 minutes to take effect, although the exact time varies from person to person. With oral sedation, you are still completely conscious, but you feel sleepy. Many patients experience temporary amnesia. This means that they are unable to recall parts, or any, of your procedure. After your procedure is over, the medication can take several hours to wear off completely. Because of this, you need to have someone who can drive you home once your procedure is over.

IV Sedation


IV sedation is another form of moderate sedation, much like oral sedation. Unlike oral sedation, however, this type of sedation is administered directly into your bloodstream through a small needle. This needle is typically placed in your arm or the back of your hand. Because the sedation goes directly into your bloodstream, it goes to work almost immediately. Like oral sedation, IV sedation makes you feel sleepy. Once the treatment is over, the needle is removed. Effects of IV sedation can linger for several hours, so you will need someone to drive you home.

General Anesthesia


General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation. With this type of sedation, you sleep throughout your entire procedure. Much like IV sedation, the medication is administered through a small needle inserted into your arm or the back of your hand. The medication takes effect almost immediately, causing you to fall asleep. Once your procedure is over, a medication is given to help you wake up. The effects of general anesthesia can linger for several hours, so you will need someone to drive you home. It is recommended that you take it easy for the rest of the day.

Your care and safety are top priorities. Sedation allows you to relax during your dental treatment so that we can perform your procedures in a safe, effective manner. For more information, and to find out which sedation options are right for you, contact Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 437-4432 today.

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