There are three types of sedation dentistry and the dentist would decide which one is the best according to your needs, your medical history and the kind of dental treatment that you may have to undergo. Oral Conscious Sedation is a type of gentle sedation with pills also known as 'happy pills'. With sleeping tablets or anti-anxiety pills taken according to the dentist's instructions, Oral Conscious Sedation is a twilight experience where the patient will not remember the entire procedure and will be relaxed during the dental treatment. IV Sedation resembles the oral conscious sedation and is administered through an IV line in the arm. This type of IV Sedation is a moderate way to help the patient relax and get over his/her dental phobia. General Anesthesia as an effective practice can be delivered by anesthesiologists who are certified and who monitor the patient throughout the dental treatment. This type of sedation is also known as sleep dentistry or deep sedation.
Yes, sedation dentistry is very safe as the patient will be monitored throughout the dental procedure besides not being asleep but experiencing only a relaxed and peaceful feeling.