Level one is minimal sedation. A mask is placed over the face to allow you to inhale a gas. This gas is a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide, or laughing gas to help you relax. We can control the amount of gas that you receive and regulate it as needed. You will be completely awake, and this is the only form of sedation dentistry that you can drive home with because the gas wears off quickly. This level of sedation is offered in our dental practice.
Level two is oral sedation. You are given a pill about an hour or so before the procedure. The pill will completely relax you. This is called conscious sedation. You are awake, but you will slur your words and won't remember the procedure. Some people have fallen asleep during their procedure, but you can easily be woken with a gentle shake. This sedation level is also offered in Charlton Dentistry.
Level three is moderate sedation. The sedation goes into a vein. By going straight into the vein, it works a little faster. This method can also be moderated during the procedure. The IV procedure will take you to the very edge of sleep, but you can still be woken up easily.
Level four is deep sedation. You will be completely unconscious during the procedure. You can only be woke up by reversing the anesthesia through medication.
All of the sedation is done in addition to the local anesthetic given to numb your mouth. This helps sooth any discomfort that you would normally feel from the dental procedure. As mentioned above, we only offer mild sedation in Charlton Dentistry (Gas & Oral) and we do not offer the moderate or deep levels in our practice. Please consult with your dentist about the level of sedation that you might need.