This method creates a deeper level of sedation than possible with laughing gas. A safe medicaton will be administered intravenously during your procedure. If you would also like, a medication may be administered to take the night before your appointment to reduce anxiety so you can get a good night’s rest. A wide variety of medications are available for this type of sedation. This will be carefully discussed to determine what would work best for your particular needs. However, all are classified as anti-anxiety medications and achieve the same result: reducing and even eliminating the anxiety of dental treatment.
In addition to making your experience more comfortable, oral sedative medications help to reduce your memory of the experience. It also allows us to complete your treatment in fewer appointments and to finish complex procedures in less time. While your treatment is performed, Dr. Aponte or Dr. Murarka carefully monitor your vital signs to ensure that your experience is as safe as possible. Another advantage to this type of sedation is that it can safely be used along with laughing gas for an even deeper feeling of relaxation. Because the effects of oral sedation last longer than with laughing gas alone, you will need someone to bring you to your appointment and drive you home after.