If you are anxious when it comes to undergoing dental procedures, you are hardly alone. Nobody is particularly excited about having their teeth and mouth worked on, but if you need an additional aid to get through the appointment, one of the following four sedative options can offer an effective solution. With a little help, you can relax until the work is done and emerge with a more beautiful smile.

Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation

Intravenous sedation, or IV, is a sedative that patients can opt for at a dental office. Its benefits include an efficient delivery due to the delivery straight into the patient’s vein. The dentist will control your level of sedation, and they may adjust it throughout the procedure. Some instances where it may be used include the following:

• Wisdom teeth removal
Dental implant installation
• Oral surgery

Oral Sedatives

If you prefer to take your dosage by mouth rather than vein, oral sedatives such as triazolam, zaleplon, diazepam and hydroxyzine are common choices, and they allow you to avoid injections. Some of the procedures these may be used for include the following:

• Wisdom teeth removal
• Root canals
• Oral surgery

Nitrous Oxide (N2O)

N2O is delivered through a face mask and is a light sedative used to put patients at ease. The effect is a calming feeling that allows the dentist to work more easily. It is typically used for minor procedures such as the following:

• Pediatric dentistry
• Cavity fillings
• Crown and bridge placement

Local Anesthetic

Unlike other sedatives, local anesthetic is used in virtually every dental procedure you might have done. The most common forms are lidocaine and novocaine, and they are applied directly to your mouth in order to create a numbing effect. The result should make any work done either undetectable or minimally painful.

No matter what your dental needs or comfort level might be, Drs. Scott and Bradley Ross can offer the care you need. Contact our office to set an appointment and discuss sedation dentistry options.