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Facts About Sedation During Deep Gum Cleaning

Posted on 12/15/2023 by Kenneth D. Parrish, DMD, PhD
Image of a dental professional getting a female patient ready for dental sedation, at United Smile Centres. Are you ready for a deep gum cleaning? One of the reasons adults don't want to get a deep gum cleaning is they are worried about pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, there are a lot of techniques dentists and periodontists can use to make a deep cleaning much more comfortable for you. Here's a description of sedation techniques used during a deep cleaning.

What Is a Deep Gum Cleaning?

Deep gum cleaning is used for patients with gum disease. Gum disease has three stages. When you have Stage Two or Three of periodontal disease, called periodontitis, you need deep gum cleaning to keep your gums as healthy as possible.

In deep gum cleaning, a dentist uses tools to scrub your gums free of tartar and plaque above and below the gumline. Deep gum cleanings, as well as proper dental hygiene, can keep your gum disease in remission, which means you'll be able to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

Types of Sedation Possible During Deep Gum Cleaning

Most dentists have several types of sedation available during a deep cleaning. Here are some examples of what dentists might have.

Nitrous Oxide

If you are a little nervous about deep dental cleaning, you may want to ask about nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a gas that many dentists use to relax patients during procedures. You are not fully sedated, and you won't need time to recover.

Oral Sedation

With oral sedation, you will take a mild sedative prior to the deep cleaning. In most cases, you will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment without trouble. You will be awake during the deep cleaning, but you will be more relaxed.

IV Sedation

If you request IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from the deep cleaning. Usually, IV sedation means you will be asleep during the procedure, and you may be groggy afterward. No matter which type of sedation you prefer, be sure and discuss your concerns with the dentist.
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