Safe & Effective Sedation Dentistry
for Painless Treatment
• Minimal sedation – used most frequently in dentistry and usually involves taking medications orally. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on his or her own. Patients may respond normally to verbal commands and may experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their visit. Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” may be used to achieve minimal sedation and in combination with a recommended dosage of oral medication.
• Moderate sedation – achieved by using medications that can be taken orally or intravenously. Patients who undergo moderate sedation are awake and respond to touch and/or verbal commands. All bodily functions remain normal, and you will not need assistance breathing.
• Deep sedation – can be achieved by injecting medication, giving oral medications, and in combination with gasses. Patients who are deeply sedated are not easily woken up, but may respond to some stimulation. Patients may need some breathing assistance at deeper levels.