How Sedation Keeps Oral Surgery Comfortable

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When you are undergoing an oral surgical procedure, such as tooth extraction, dental implant placement, or jawbone grafting, you want your visit to be a comfortable one. With dental sedation, we offer treatments to make this a possibility. In today’s blog, your Cerritos, CA, dentist talks about our sedation options and when they may be recommended.

When You Need a Professional Calming Treatment

As we touched on above, sedation can help calm patients who are undergoing more extensive treatments, so they remain calm and comfortable. But this can also help those with dental anxiety that makes receiving care difficult, or aid those with special needs or a sensitive gag reflex. We will talk to you about anxiety levels and special needs, and also take factors like age, weight, medical history, and any medications you’re taking into account, so we can choose the most appropriate calming option for you.

Nitrous Oxide

One of the more common options is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. We administer this through a mask over your nose, you inhale a gas and enter a deep state of calm and relaxation. The effects can be adjusted during treatment, and you remain conscious despite having little to no memory of the procedure. The treatment wears off once the procedure ends, you could even return to work or school and drive yourself home.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a calming option that offers more pronounced states of calm than nitrous oxide, and is administered through a pill or liquid prior to the procedure. We could also combine this with nitrous oxide for those with anxiety or a sensitive gag reflex. You remain conscious and able to respond to the dentist, and the effects take time to wear off, so you will need a friend or family member to bring you home afterward. You will have little to no memory of the procedure at all.

IV Treatment

The deepest form of calming is IV sedation, which is administered intravenously. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand to monitor you throughout the procedure, and you will have no memory of the experience at all. The effects will take time to wear off, so you will need someone on hand to bring you home. This can help those with major dental phobias that make undergoing even minor care difficult.

If you have any questions about how our team will help you enjoy a calm and positive experience with our sedation options, then contact our team today. We look forward to helping you obtain the treatment you need to handle serious oral health issues, restoring beauty, health, and function to your smile once again.


To schedule a consultation and discuss our calming treatments, then make an appointment with Cerritos Dental Surgery in California call 562-584-4082 today.