Sedation Dentistry

There are many sedation options and techniques for dentistry in Oklahoma City—and pros and cons to each. Not every patient will require or benefit from sedation on every procedure.

Choosing sedation and what type is used should be a joint decision made between your ABC Dental professional and your family. The reality is that the vast majority of cases requiring sedation can be done with local anesthesia. Sometimes, a combination of anesthesia and laughing gas is best.

We will discuss your needs as well as the procedure itself. The good news is that, no matter which procedure is needed or who the patient is, there’s a dental sedation solution.

During this discussion, we may recommend one of these sedation techniques.

Conscious Sedation

The most common type of sedation is laughing gas, which is excellent for lowering anxiety and stopping pain.

Minimal sedation allows patients to respond to requests as they remain aware of what’s happening but have no pain. Moderate sedation means the patient can respond to requests with some effort—it’s sometimes called “conscious sedation.”

However, there are instances where some patients need deeper types of sedation due to a serious procedure, a severe fear of treatment, a disability, or behavioral issues. In cases like these, we may recommend sleep dentistry.

Sleep Dentistry

In the most severe cases, putting a patient to sleep may be required.

For children who won’t do well with an injection, we have laughing gas available.

Once the injection has been administered, laughing gas is often used to control the sedation. In some cases, an anti-anxiety pill is prescribed prior to the visit. A pill like this makes a visit so relaxing that you may even fall asleep!

We can discuss sleep dentistry with you if we think it may be necessary for the procedure.

Soothing Procedures for Excellent Dental Care

We can offer painless dentistry when use sedation techniques during your procedure. Call today if you are interested in the benefits of sedation dentistry.