Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedative medicine to keep patients relaxed during more procedures. The use and amount of sedative is always based on the patient’s own preferences and comfort level.
Sedation can be performed by administering either nitrous oxide or an oral sedative. The type of medication administered in a procedure will also depend on input from the patient his or herself.
Nitrous oxide is a very-short-term sedative medication. The sedative effects begin quickly and will wear off just a few minutes after a procedure is complete.
Oral sedatives represent a stronger and longer lasting option for procedures involving sedation. Patients who undergo oral sedation will be advised to rest for the remainder of their day, as the effects of the medication will gradually wear off for hours after the procedure has been completed.
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