December 30, 2015

If you have an upcoming oral procedure, your periodontist in Winston Salem, NC may suggest the use of sedation depending on the treatment. Sedation frequently serves to eliminate the pain of the procedure to maximize the patients’ comfort. It may be recommended for anxiety related to the procedure. Under the guidance of a dental and/or medical professional, sedation is a controlled and safe process.

Levels of Sedation

During dental treatments, dental professionals will utilize sedation dentistry, where medication is used to help patients relax and remain comfortable. In many cases, patients are conscious or partially conscious as the procedure is completed. The different levels of sedation are:

  • Minimal: You will be awake and numb only in the portion of your mouth receiving the treatment. Additionally, you may be very relaxed.
  • Moderate: You are awake, but you are unlikely to remember the procedure clearly, if at all. You may experience slurred speech.
  • Deep: You are partially conscious, but not completely cognizant of the treatment procedure.
  • General anesthesia: You are entirely unconscious and will regain consciousness after the procedure is completed.

Four Methods of Sedation

Your periodontist in Winston Salem, NC will likely use on of these four sedation methods:

  • Inhaled nitrous oxide/oxygen: Also known as laughing gas, a nitrous oxide and oxygen mix is inhaled via a facemask and wears off quickly.
  • Oral sedation: This category may range from minimal to moderate and patients will become groggy though they can be woken.
  • IV sedation: A sedative is delivered via an intravenous set-up and may require the oversight of an anesthesiologist.
  • General anesthesia: This method must be performed with an anesthesiologist present and patients will be unconscious after drug administration.

If you have more questions about sedation dentistry, contact Dr. Kenneth Peavy and our team of knowledgeable professionals and we will gladly answer any treatment questions you may have. Give our offices a call at 336.383.1247 and our welcoming staff will gladly help you make you an appointment.



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