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To ensure individuals receive the oral health care they need, it is important to be aware of various types of sedation that exist and what they can do to help minimize the effects of each sedative. Various forms of sedation can be used to place an individual in a calm state or even placing the individual into a deep sleep. Here are some common forms to consider:

– Gas Sedation: Through the use of gas sedation, an individual can breathe in laughing gas, which is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen for a calmed and relaxed state so that oral health care treatments can be given. However, it does tend to wear off rather quickly.

– Pill Sedation: Pill sedation is a deep form of sedation that is ingested via a pill. Oftentimes, pills can make you drowsy, but dosages can be adjusted so it can put an individual to sleep. Pill sedation typically needs to be administered up to an hour before any treatments are given.

– Intravenous Sedation: Intravenous sedation is a fast-acting form of sedative that is directly injected into a vein, so it goes to work immediately.

– General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is typically seen as one of the deepest levels of sedation because it can put an individual into a deep state of unconsciousness.

If you are interested in an oral health care treatment with sedation from Windward Dental Care at our dental office in Alpharetta, Georgia, call us at 770-569-7580. Dr. Keith Kitchens and our team want to help you achieve a healthy smile!