Types of Dental Sedation

Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during any dental procedure. There are many different types of sedation, so it’s important to talk with your dentist about which one will be best for you.


Be sure to bring someone with you who can drive you home afterwards, as you may still feel groggy.

Conscious sedation

This is a moderate level of sedation that works to help reduce anxiety and pain during dental treatments. This is accomplished through the use of medication and sedatives. This type of sedation is often used during endoscopies and other minor surgical procedures to relax patients and minimize discomfort.

During this procedure, a doctor will inject a sedative directly into your bloodstream via an intravenous line. The sedative is delivered through a vein in your arm or hand and begins to work very quickly. This type of sedation has a lower mortality rate than general anesthesia, though it is not without risks. Patients may experience side effects like dizziness, nausea, or drowsiness.

Oral conscious sedation is another option to help you feel comfortable during your treatment. This type of sedation involves taking a pill an hour before your appointment and may make you feel sleepy. However, you will still be conscious and able to respond to your dentist’s questions and directions.

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a mild form of sedation that works to make you more relaxed and carefree. You will breathe in a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a small mask placed over your nose. You will likely feel a tingling sensation in your arms and legs as the sedation kicks in. Nitrous oxide is a good choice for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety.

Your sedation will begin to wear off very quickly, and you will need someone to drive you home from your appointment. This is especially important if you’ve chosen to undergo IV sedation, as this can impair your judgment and coordination. In some cases, your sedation will continue to affect you for 24 hours or more after the appointment.

You will need to take a day off of work and avoid strenuous activity until the sedatives have worn off. Your Resurgens physician can give you personalized instructions on how to safely recover from sedation. While you are recovering, it’s best to avoid alcohol and other drugs as they can interfere with the sedative’s effectiveness. Your Resurgens physician will discuss your options for post-sedation recovery with you during your initial consultation. They will also ask about your medical history and any medications or supplements you are currently taking. This will help them determine the best form of sedation to ensure your comfort and safety during your next visit. They will also talk about any concerns you might have about your upcoming visit. They will help you find a solution that fits your needs and lifestyle. They will help you overcome your anxieties and fears so that you can receive the dental treatment you need to stay healthy.

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the least invasive and most common type of dental sedation. It is administered through a mask over the nose and patients just breathe it in to feel relaxed. It often has a fruity flavour and can make people feel silly and giggly. It is very safe to use and does not affect the brain. It is a popular option for people who have anxiety about going to the dentist or who have sensitive gag reflexes.

Oral sedation is taken as pills before your appointment and can be given for any amount of time needed to keep you calm. Your dentist will run a complete medical history before giving you oral sedation to reduce the risk of side effects, which can include drowsiness, nausea, slurred words, drooling, slow reflexes, low blood pressure and headache. These symptoms can last for a while, so it is best to arrange for someone to drive you home afterwards.

IV sedation is another form of sedation that is given directly into the vein. It works much more quickly than oral sedation and can be used to induce moderate or deep sedation. Some patients do not remember their procedure when they wake up from IV sedation.

It is also possible to get sedated to the point of unconsciousness with this method of sedation, but it is rarely used in dentistry. It is not recommended for people with a respiratory condition or who are pregnant, as it could cause problems.

There are many reasons why people request sedation in the dentist, including fear of needles, pain or gagging. It can also be useful for people with special needs who are unable to effectively communicate about their dental issues or may not be able to receive preventive treatment until they become more serious.

If you have concerns about a friend or family member’s sedation use, you can contact the National Drug Helpline on 1300 85 85 84 and speak to a trained counsellor. They can answer questions and provide practical ‘next steps’ for support. They can also refer people for specialist support services where necessary. There is a free service for people with drug and alcohol issues, as well as their families and carers. It is available 24/7, nationwide and can be accessed via phone, internet or a mobile app. It is not a crisis service, but it can assist with immediate, urgent and short-term needs. It can also link people with addiction services, community support groups and other support agencies in their area. It is staffed by trained counsellors, who are experienced in providing drug and alcohol services.