Sedation dentistry has a wide variety of uses and different degrees of sedation that can be used. The details of a particular procedure or the time needed to perform it, will influence the level of sedation that Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith recommends.
Some people experience dental anxiety during basic dental procedures. Sometimes mild sedation from inhaling nitrous oxide helps to ease tension. While you are breathing the gas you are fully awake, yet relaxed.
Moderate sedation might be called for during procedures that require you to hold your mouth open for long period of time. This is also not uncommon for special needs patients that have involuntary body movements or dental anxiety.
The sedative agent used in moderate sedation might be a pill or liquid you ingest or it could also come in the form of a slow drip IV. While you might fall asleep during the procedure, you can easily be awakened to answer key questions. When Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith has completed the procedure at hand, they can administer a counter agent which negates the sedative effect.
Deep sedation might be called for during long procedures or minor forms of oral surgery, such as multiple tooth extractions. Deep sedation is usually administered via a slow drip IV. It can take a little while for you to get back on your feet after being deeply sedated, so you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you.
If you have an upcoming procedure that might require sedation and you have questions, please feel free to call Dr. Tanya Peterson & Heidi Smith at 952.890.2791 to schedule an appointment.