There are several types of sedation dentistry available. When you visit Kennebunk Center for Dentistry, we will review many factors, including your medical history and oral health needs, to determine which type of sedation will be best for you. We welcome you to contact us today at 207-985-7944 to learn more about the different types of dental sedation in Kennebunk, Maine, and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentists.

At Kennebunk Center for Dentistry, you can choose from the following sedation options:

  • Inhalation sedation (nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”)
  • Oral sedation (anxiolysis)
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation

Inhalation Sedation (Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas”)
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is the most common method of sedation that dentists use during dental treatment. A small inhaler mask is placed over your nose to administer a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. You will be able to respond to the dentist or hygienist during the procedure and you will be aware of the treatment, although you will remain warmly relaxed. Inhalation sedation is a good option for mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. It also reduces or eliminates gagging in patients who have an extreme gag reflex. There is no recovery time since the effects of the gas go away as soon as it’s turned off.

Oral Dental Sedation (Anxiolysis)
With oral dental sedation, you will experience a relaxed, comfortable, and safe experience, with little or no anxiety. The goal is not to create sleep, and you will still have awareness of what is going on; however, with oral dental sedation, you will feel like you’ve had a good, relaxing rest throughout the entire appointment. During your sedation interview, you and your dentist will discuss which oral medication will work best for you, taking into account your medical history, the dental procedures scheduled, and the length of your appointment. You will receive written instructions to follow before and after your appointment that will help you have a safe and effective sedation experience. And, most importantly, you will need a responsible companion to drive you to and from your appointment and stay with you at home until you are completely recovered (usually 4-10 hours).

Intravenous (IV) Dental Sedation
During intravenous (IV) dental sedation, anti-anxiety and anesthesia medications are precisely administered into your bloodstream. Within seconds, you will be completely relaxed and at ease, while fully monitored for safety and comfort. As with all forms of sedation, you will also be given a local anesthetic to ensure your complete comfort during treatment. For your safety, you will always need to have a responsible adult drive you to and from your IV sedation appointment and stay with you for 24 hours. You will receive additional written instructions during your sedation consultation, and it is important that you follow them all.

For more information about sedation dentistry and to set up your appointment with our dentists, please contact Kennebunk Center for Dentistry today.