- Oral Premedication
Used mostly on young children, oral premedication helps reduce apprehension by prescription of anti anxiety and sedative drugs. Prescribed medication is to be taken orally the night before or several hours before the appointment as directed by the provider. Local anesthesia is then delivered upon arrival to the appointment to eliminate any discomfort during treatment.
- Local Anesthesia
Commonly used in restorative procedures, local anesthesia reduces discomfort by penetrating the nerve cell membrane and blocking the transmission of nerve impulses from sensory receptors. It is common for most procedures to require two or more injections of local anesthetic.
- Nitrous Oxide
Inhalation conscious sedation, commonly known as laughing gas, is a controlled delivery of nitrous oxide and oxygen combined from which produces a state of pleasant relaxation accompanied by analgesia and euphoria. Rapid onset and recovery time are the primary factors that contribute to its widespread use in the dental industry.
- Intravenous Sedation
By injecting sedatives directly into the bloodstream, intravenous sedation (IV) is considered to be the most efficient form of conscious sedation. While IV sedation is used in conjunction with local anesthesia, patients experience immediate analgesia within a minute or less of delivery. Discomfort management at this level is considered for patients who do not wish to be aware during treatment.