Painless dentistry – what are the options?

The sedative methods used for sedation dentistry vary in strength and purpose. A dentist will select the sedation option that is best for you based on the dental procedure performed, how long these procedures will take and your level of anxiety. Although the specialist will ultimately determine what sedatives will be used, you can request stronger sedatives if you suffer from severe anxiety.

Here are the main options for painless dentistry:


Anxiolysis is defined by minimal or mild sedation and is associated with relieving anxiety. Inhalation analgesia (also known as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”) .

Moderate Sedation (Conscious Sedation):

Moderate sedation is defined by a depressed level of consciousness, meaning you can breathe independently, retain your reflexes and respond to verbal/physical stimulation – oral sedation or oral conscious sedation (OCS) is most often associated with sedation dentistry.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation:

Intravenous sedation can also make people feel as if they are actually asleep, much like oral sedation. The difference between oral and intravenous sedation is the route of administration. Administered via injection, intravenous sedation has an almost instantaneous effect and is best used for shorter dental procedures.

Intramuscular (IM) Sedation:

Intramuscular sedation, which involves an injection of sedative drugs into the muscles of the upper arm or upper thigh, can result in sedation within five minutes.

General Anesthesia:

General anesthesia is commonly used for oral surgery and extended procedures such as smile makeovers, extensive dental treatments and full facial reconstructions.

As you can see, there are many options for sedation, allowing for painless dentistry work.  No need to be in pain while your dentist works!

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