Several medications are available to help create more relaxed, comfortable dental visits. Some drugs control pain, some help you relax, and others put you into a deep sleep during dental treatment. You and your dentist can discuss a number of factors when deciding which drugs to use for your treatment.
The type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are considered when determining which approach is best for your particular case.
Aside from anesthesia, dentists use sedatives as well to manage and control pain. These can include:
Intravenous (IV) sedation - Usually in the form of a tranquilizing agent; patients given IV sedation are often awake, but very relaxed.
Inhalation sedation - a form of sedation in which nitrous oxide is administered through a special mask.