3 Levels Of Sedation For Dental Surgery

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If you have to have oral surgery and are really nervous about it, your dentist may suggest that you are sedated during the surgery. There are several levels of sedation that you and your oral surgeon can discuss and agree on. 

Anti-Anxiety Medications

One thing that your dentist may suggest is that you get some anti-anxiety medication in order to help you through your surgery. The anti-anxiety medications will help take the edge off your anxiety or nervousness without knocking you out. You will be aware of everything going on, you will have no problem talking to anyone, and you should have no problem with driving yourself to and from your appointment. 

Mild Sedation

Your dentist may also suggest some light sedation. For this, you are going to need to make sure that you have a ride home from your procedure. You are going to be woozy, and driving yourself home would be unsafe. You won't be completely knocked out, but you may not be as entirely aware as you might otherwise be and may feel like you are just zoning out and are unable to follow conversations or speak coherently. Your doctor may use something like nitrous oxide to put you in a mildly sedated state, or they may give you some kind of injection or IV. 

Heavy or Full Sedation

Another option ahead of you is to go with a heavy or full sedation. With this method, you are going to be completely knocked out. You will definitely not be driving yourself home, and your dentist may not let you go without someone who they will be able to be responsible for you. That means that you won't be able to take a cab, ride service, or bus home unless there's an adult that is with you. Your appointment may also take longer because the dentist is going to need for you to be aware of what's going on before they will let you go home. This is a good option for you to use if you are going to have a lot of work done because you will be completely unaware of what's going and you shouldn't feel any kind of pain, whatsoever. 

Getting dental surgery done can be difficult enough without having to worry about any kind of anxiety. There are different levels of sedation that your dentist can give you to help you through the process. 


18 June 2018