Types of Sedation

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At Family Dental Care, you can choose your level of sedation. Whether you need a little help relaxing or want to “sleep” during your procedures and wake up with a beautiful smile, we are ready to help you receive the dental care you need. At our practice near Jackson, Mississippi, the following sedation and sleep dentistry options are available.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas – often referred to as “laughing gas” – that helps patients relax during their treatments. It puts most patients in a state of light sedation; however, some will be able to achieve a deeper state of sedation. We typically also use a local anesthetic to relieve pain.

IV Sedation

During IV (intravenous) sedation, patients will receive medicine directly into the blood stream. Sedation begins almost immediately, and the patient will remain conscious but deeply relaxed during treatment. One of the main benefits of IV sedation over other types is that the level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure. An anesthesiologist monitors each patient throughout each treatment session to ensure that he or she remains comfortable and receives the proper amount of sedation. When using this type of sedation dentistry, we will usually also administer a local anesthetic to relieve pain.

Oral Conscious Sedation

When under the influence of oral conscious sedation, the patient’s level of sedation will mimic sleep, and he or she may even doze off. The patient will have the ability to answer questions and react to instructions but will remain completely relaxed and comfortable. Before the appointment, a small pill is taken, and an optimal state of sedation should be reached in 30-60 minutes.

Other Comfort Options

At Family Dental Care in Jackson Mississippi, we put your comfort above all else. In addition to sedation and sleep dentistry, we offer relaxing amenities similar to those found in a dental spa. Lie down in our comfortable treatment chairs, snuggle up with a fluffy blanket, and enjoy gentle massage as you rest your head back in a contoured pillow. You can even listen to your favorite CD or watch your favorite movie while we perform your procedure. After your procedure you are offered a hot towel, a head-and-neck massage, and the choice of bottled water or a variety of special coffee blends.