Sedation Dentistry


The sedation dentistry practiced by Dr. Bhojani in Oswego, IL is the middle ground between local anesthetic and general anesthesia. Most patients refer to it in layman’s terms as the dentist giving you “laughing gas,” but it’s more of a relaxed feeling than a comical one.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

The process of sedation dentistry is one where you are semi-conscious. You feel exceptionally relaxed, and the dentist can work without causing pain. Sedation dentistry gives you complete immunity to pain without losing consciousness. Depending on how anxious the patient is, how long the procedure will be, and the patient’s health, the levels of sedation required will vary. The most common type of sedation used is nitrous oxide, and dentists will often also use either nitrous gas, IV, or oral sedation.

More About Gas Sedation

Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is stored in a special tank available only to dentists. The mask and nozzle system are then fit to the tank, and a regulated amount of gas is used on the patient, depending on height, weight, diet, and several other factors. After the procedure, the dentist fits the patient with a mask that feeds pure oxygen to flush the bloodstream. The patient will regain full consciousness without memory of the procedure.

Oral Sedation Methods

Oral sedation is a form of sedation that relies on the patient taking a pill. They will be mostly asleep during the procedure but can be asked questions if necessary. Because the effects last longer than gas sedation, you must schedule a driver to bring you home afterward.

IV Sedation in Dentistry

IV sedation is reserved for patients with severe anxiety over dental procedures. The IV is hooked to a patient’s arm, and the fluids are fed directly into the bloodstream. This form of sedation produces the closest to actual sleep and requires monitoring of vital signs.

If you are interested in learning more about sedation dentistry, call Dr. Bhojani at Distinctive Dental Care in Oswego, IL today. We are happy to answer your questions and schedule an exam.

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