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Do you often find yourself suffering from dental anxiety or severe stress when seeking oral health care? Fortunately, thanks to the many advances in modern technology, there are many different types of wonderful sedation methods to ease your fears, calm your nerves, and make your visit more enjoyable and comfortable than ever. Listed below are various treatment methods involved with sedation dentistry:

Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Often considered the mildest and most common form of sedation, inhaled sedation uses a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, to help patients relax.

Oral Sedation: Oral sedation uses sedatives that are given orally. Due to the amount of time it takes for them to take effect, oral sedation is often given up to an hour before any services are given. Dosage can be adjusted from a mild relaxation to putting the patient to sleep.

IV Moderate Sedation: Intravenous moderate sedation is given directly into your bloodstream for an extremely fast and effective form of sedation used to relax patients quickly and effectively.

Deep Sedation with Anesthesia: Deep sedation is used to place a patient into a deep sleep so that a dental treatment can be easily given. With deep sedation, patients will not wake up until the anesthesia has completely worn off.

Always make time in your life to visit your dentist at Oral Surgery of Tidewater for a bi-annual professional cleaning, and if necessary, to book an appointment with Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray for a detailed exam of your oral health. You can reach our dentist office in Virginia Beach, Virginia, by calling us at (757) 544-9192. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!