Sedation dentistry is often given the misnomer of “sleep dentistry.” However, apart from general anesthesia which is not always necessary or recommended during dental procedures, sedation does not actually make patients go to sleep. Instead, dental sedatives allow patients to relax, reduce dental sensitivity, and ensure safety and comfort of patients throughout even the most complex procedures. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide dental sedation. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment with our dental team today to experience relaxing sedation dentistry in Las Cruces, NM.
Oral conscious sedation is especially popular with our patients who have dental phobia or anxiety as patients begin to relax before they ever leave home. At a predetermined time prior to treatment, patients take a sedative medication as prescribed by the dentist. Because the sedative begins to take effect before patients arrive at our dental office, they will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment. Throughout treatment, patients will experience an extremely relaxed and peaceful state, and following treatment, most patients don’t even remember their visit. The effects of oral conscious sedation are typically diminished after about 12 hours.