Levels of Sedation Used for DentistryThere are many different levels of sedation that is used for medical procedures but only four levels used in dental practices. Minimal sedation is the lowest form. You are awake but in a very relaxed state. The following level is moderate sedation, formerly known as conscious sedation. This level includes slurred words when speaking and not remembering exactly what happened. The third highest level is called deep sedation. This level has you on the edge of consciousness, but you can still get awakened. The highest level of sedation is general anesthesia, which completely knocks you unconscious.
Types of Sedation Used in DentistryIn addition to the different levels of sedation used, there are also different types of sedation used. The four most popular types of sedation are:
- Inhaled minimal sedation
- Oral sedation
- IV moderate sedation
- Deep sedation and general anesthesia