Going to the dentist is a daunting experience for thousands of people out there. That trepidation only becomes more pronounced when someone needs to go in for something more than a simple teeth cleaning appointment. Odds are that good that you will need oral surgery at some point in your life. When that time comes, you will likely need to be sedated. 


Sedation is not something to be scared of. In fact, sedation makes oral surgery a much more painless and pleasant experience for the patient. There are different types of sedation that the oral surgeon can select from. That selection criteria will depend on a number of factors.


Types of Sedation

Most dental practises offer three different types of sedation to their patients:

  • IV Sedation
    • IV sedation is probably the most popular method of the three. That’s because it’s extremely effective, safe and easy to administer. Since the sedation cocktail is delivered to the patient’s bloodstream intravenously, the effects are nearly instantaneous. 
  • Oral Sedation
    • An oral sedation usually takes the form of a pill. This type of sedation is not usually used for surgical procedures but rather to combat a patient’s anxiety before their appointment. 
  • Nitrous Oxide
    • Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is still popular amongst oral surgeons. This type of sedation requires the patient to inhale the gas through a mask. 


Which Option Should I Choose?

Your oral surgeon will suggest which option is best for you based on your medical history, the type of procedure and their preference. Unless you have a medical reason, it’s generally best to follow the advice of the professionals. 



Each type of sedation will have different preparation requirements. These usually include a specific fasting window and recovery timelines. No matter which sedation method you choose, you will need a responsible adult to drive you home from your appointment. Operating heavy machinery is not advised for several hours following each method. 


Oral surgery can be nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the time to do your research and be sure to ask your dentist any questions that come up before your appointment. For more information visit



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