At Advanced Oral Surgery we are trained in delivering different types of anesthesia to make your treatment comfortable. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation and intravenous sedation (IV sedation) are all available.

Nitrous oxide (N2O), also known as ‘laughing gas,’ is breathed in through the nose and results in a disassociated and euphoric feeling for patients requiring mild sedation.

Oral sedation is taken in pill form prior to your procedure. The oral sedative is a type of benzodiazepine (i.e., Valium, Halcion, Xanax) that decreases activity in the parts of the brain that control fear and anxiety. The result is a very relaxed and calm mood during your procedure at Advanced Oral Surgery.

Intravenous Sedation (‘Twilight Sedation’)

IV sedation is the gold standard in safety and effectiveness for sedation dentistry. It enables you to tolerate – and not even remember – those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep, but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a ‘twilight sleep.’

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Some patients may stay asleep, while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. It is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. With IV sedation a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. In addition, your vital  signs are constantly monitored by the Advanced Oral Surgery staff.

For patients who do not have adequate veins, medication may be placed into the muscle.


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