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How does being sedated for dental care work?
25 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Stall
Dentistry
13 doctors agree
In brief: It works well
4 ways to get sedated.
1. Nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas. This is really only antianxiety agent. 2. Nucalm- a way to fake your body into sleep mode-also antianxiety method. 3. Oral sedation- pills given to obtain a mild sedative and amnesic state. 4. Iv sedation-mild to moderate conscious sedation and amnesia. Best if a lot of dental care is needed over a short period of time.

In brief: It works well
4 ways to get sedated.
1. Nitrous oxide also known as laughing gas. This is really only antianxiety agent. 2. Nucalm- a way to fake your body into sleep mode-also antianxiety method. 3. Oral sedation- pills given to obtain a mild sedative and amnesic state. 4. Iv sedation-mild to moderate conscious sedation and amnesia. Best if a lot of dental care is needed over a short period of time.
Dr. David Stall
Dr. David Stall
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Dr. Peter Karsant
It does work well however if you are going to have larger procedures done you nee to be able to take care of yourself post operatively or you need to have someone do that until you can take over
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Easier procedure
Dental work is stressing since the mouth is a narrow space and very sensitive.
It can help for both dentist and patient in order to shorten the length and discomfort of the procedure.

In brief: Easier procedure
Dental work is stressing since the mouth is a narrow space and very sensitive.
It can help for both dentist and patient in order to shorten the length and discomfort of the procedure.
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
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Dr. James Vito
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Simple
A medical anesthesiologist inserts an IV into your arm and gives a combination of three drugs which puts you into a "twilight sleep".
This is a very relaxed state whereby the dentist can complete his work without you being apprehensive or jumpy. This sedation also has an amnesiac quality to it so you do not remember the procedure. It a win win.

In brief: Simple
A medical anesthesiologist inserts an IV into your arm and gives a combination of three drugs which puts you into a "twilight sleep".
This is a very relaxed state whereby the dentist can complete his work without you being apprehensive or jumpy. This sedation also has an amnesiac quality to it so you do not remember the procedure. It a win win.
Dr. James Vito
Dr. James Vito
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Dr. Gabor Racz
make sure thae dentist has the equipment to monitor your vital signs, blood presseure EKG and oxygenation!
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: IV sedation or oral
Oral sedation generally means you are given a sedating pill in combination with laughing gas.
Iv (or conscious) sedation requires the dentist to start an IV and titrate agents where you experience a twilight sleep. Depending upon the level of training, some patients are put under deep sedation, where you actually are sleeping heavily. You will maintain bodily reflexes such as cough.

In brief: IV sedation or oral
Oral sedation generally means you are given a sedating pill in combination with laughing gas.
Iv (or conscious) sedation requires the dentist to start an IV and titrate agents where you experience a twilight sleep. Depending upon the level of training, some patients are put under deep sedation, where you actually are sleeping heavily. You will maintain bodily reflexes such as cough.
Dr. Ragan Faler
Dr. Ragan Faler
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Helps many
A sedated patient is more relaxed , calm and gets a lot more treatment done in fewer visits

In brief: Helps many
A sedated patient is more relaxed , calm and gets a lot more treatment done in fewer visits
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Cary Goldstein
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Comfortably
Sedation is either with i've or oral meds.
Either way is more comfortable but more expensive and with possible complications. Be sure to ask what the contraindications are.

In brief: Comfortably
Sedation is either with i've or oral meds.
Either way is more comfortable but more expensive and with possible complications. Be sure to ask what the contraindications are.
Dr. Cary Goldstein
Dr. Cary Goldstein
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Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Lots of options.
There are many options from mild to wild: "laughing gas, " oral sedatives or IV sedation all work & are readily available (i offer all of these to patients depending on their anxiety and the procedures being performed).
Any option will include numbing of the teeth, some help you sleep or forget the whole procedure. Assess your level of anxiety with your dentist & plan an option that works for you.

In brief: Lots of options.
There are many options from mild to wild: "laughing gas, " oral sedatives or IV sedation all work & are readily available (i offer all of these to patients depending on their anxiety and the procedures being performed).
Any option will include numbing of the teeth, some help you sleep or forget the whole procedure. Assess your level of anxiety with your dentist & plan an option that works for you.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
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