What Are the Different Levels of Dental Sedation?

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Many patients feel anxious or uncomfortable when facing dental visits or dental work. Dental sedation is a safe and effective method for you to receive dental work. You will feel relaxed and have no memory of the procedure afterward. Park 56 Dental is proud to offer a variety of dental sedation options to our patients to ensure a comfortable and positive dental visit every time.

Mild Dental Sedation
Mild dental sedation is administered in the form of a pill or nitrous oxide . If you choose to receive mild sedation, you will remain awake and aware throughout your procedure. You will be able to breathe on your own and respond to commands or questions from your dentist. However, you will feel a sense of relaxation and comfort rather than worry or fear. Depending on what type of sedation you receive, you will recover fully from any medication within minutes to hours following your treatment.

Moderate Dental Sedation
Moderate dental sedation is delivered via an intravenous (IV) line during longer or more complicated dental procedures or for patients with slightly elevated dental anxiety. This form of sedation instills a greater sense of relaxation during treatment, although you will remain awake the entire time. This level of sedation may also be called conscious sedation. As moderate sedation may take several hours to wear off, a friend or family member must drive you home from your appointment.

Deep Dental Sedation
The deepest form of dental sedation causes you to drift between consciousness and unconsciousness during treatment. You are not able to respond to commands and will not remember anything about your dental treatment. As with moderate sedation, medication is often administered intravenously and the effects take several hours to completely disappear. You will need a responsible adult to accompany you and drive you home.

Discover how comfortable and easy your next dental appointment can be with the help of dental sedation. Contact Park 56 Dental at (212) 826-2322 for the answers to your questions or to schedule your visit. Our top NY dentists are dedicated to your dental health, providing general, cosmetic, and emergency dental care for the entire family.