General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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What Type Of Sedation Is Right For Me?

A trip to your dentist typically involves a simple drive and a half hour in the chair, but when more complex treatments are required you may be considering sedation dentistry. For others, a simple trip to the dentist may be traumatic due to the presence of phobias and so sedation may be an appropriate solution to help them continue to receive great dental care. For patients like this sedation dentistry can be a way to make going to the dentist tolerable and avoid oral hygiene issues.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a form of dentistry that involves the use of various degrees of anesthesia that can be necessary for certain patients or procedures. Sedation dentistry comes in four different varieties, with each one being a more thorough and complete form of sedation. While it is possible for almost any procedure to involve the use of anesthesia, the least possible application of sedation is used. What form of sedation is used for you is determined by a conversation between you and your physician.

The Four Types Of Sedation Dentistry

Each of the four varieties of sedation dentistry is listed below with a brief piece of information on what they involve and what form of treatment they are often used for. Some patients require more or less sedation than others based on their level of anxiety and pain tolerance. For the majority of sedation patients, Nitrous Oxide or Oral Sedation is sufficient. Intravenous sedation and General Anesthesia are reserved for complex surgeries.

  • Nitrous Oxide – This is the substance most commonly known as laughing gas outside the medical sphere. Another term for this is inhaled minimum sedation due to the ability of the physician to quickly and easily modify the amount of gas being received by the patient. This form of sedation allows the patient to drive home following the procedure.

  • Oral Sedation – This form of sedation involves the ingestion of a relative of Valium known as Halcion. The purpose of this sedation isn’t to reduce pain but instead to control the patient’s nervousness and help them relax during the procedure.

  • Intravenous Sedation – As the name suggests this form of sedation is administered through an IV. The patient remains conscious throughout the procedure, and the doctor is able to modify the amount of sedation being received by the patient, but their level of awareness may vary greatly.

  • General Anesthesia – This form of sedation puts the patient completely under, ensuring that they experience nor remember any of the treatment they’re about to undergo. Recovery from the sedation can be lengthy, an hour or more, so time set aside in their day and a ride home is important.

As mentioned only nitrous oxide allows the patient to drive home under their own power, all other forms of sedation require that the patient has arranged for a ride home. Make an appointment with Dr. Speer at Oak Grove Dental in Milwaukie, OR today to get more information about dental sedation and which selection might be right for you.

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