Outpatient sedation and anesthesia refers to the administration of medication that will help patients feel relaxed and comfortable while remaining conscious and responsive. This type of sedation is typically used for procedures that do not require general anesthesia, allowing patients to undergo the procedure and return home the same day. The medication used for outpatient sedation and anesthesia may include oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, intravenous (IV) sedatives or a combination of these medications.
Outpatient sedation and anesthesia is often used during dental procedures such as extractions or implants. Sedation can help alleviate anxiety and pain during the procedure, making the patient more comfortable. The level of sedation can be adjusted during the procedure to ensure the patient remains relaxed and responsive. After the procedure, patients are monitored for a period of time before being discharged home.