Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream via an IV line, providing a deeper level of relaxation compared to other methods. With IV sedation, you will remain conscious but may have little memory of the procedure afterward.
In some cases, general anesthesia may be necessary for complex or lengthy procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety or special needs. Under general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious and unaware during the entire procedure.
It's essential to discuss your options with the dentist beforehand to find what works best for both your comfort level and their expertise.
Nitrous Oxide: Reasons Not to Use It
If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you should not use nitrous oxide. This sedation option has no major contraindications. But if you suffer from emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold, or other breathing difficulties, you may not want to use it.
Consider asking our dentist for a "5-minute trial" to see how you feel with this type of sedation.