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The term “sedation dentistry” includes various treatments used to help patients with dental anxiety, and to dull or diminish any pain or discomfort they may feel during a procedure. Sedatives used in dentistry can vary from mild relaxants to drugs designed to put a patient to sleep.

For mild sedatives, gas is commonly used. The mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is called laughing gas and has been proven to be highly effective. Laughing gas wears off quickly and the patient is safe to drive themselves home after using it.

Another standard form of sedation is via a pill. Oral sedation takes some time to work, so it is often given up to an hour in advance. Intravenous sedatives are injected directly into the bloodstream. A general anesthetic is used to put the patient to sleep for the duration of the procedure.

If you think your teeth and gums could use a little extra work and you would like to have a professional exam from our team at Associates in Dentistry, simply book an appointment with Dr. Alexander Zubkov and the rest of the team at our office in Enfield, Connecticut, by calling us at 860-745-2712. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!