Intravenous sedation, or sometimes referred to as “twilight sleep,” is a type of anesthesia that relaxes a patient through an intravenous (IV) placed in a vein. Depending on the surgical procedure, the amount of anesthesia used may range from a minimal amount, just enough to make a patient drowsy, to an amount deep enough that the patient may not remember the procedure at all.

Inhaled Minimal Sedation

Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is inhaled and combines with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over the patient’s nose. The gas helps the patient relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where patients may be able to drive themselves home after the procedure.