What is sedation dentistry?
We understand anxiety can be hard to overcome when it comes to dentistry. We offer dental sedation to help our patients conquer their fears and enjoy a pleasant experience at our dental office.
We offer various types of sedation options for your visit. Our team is trained and experienced to help choose the right dental sedation to make you comfortable and safe. We can also bring in a highly trained anesthesiologist if you prefer to sleep through the duration of the dental treatment.
Our team may prescribe oral sedatives for patients prior to their dental treatment.
These sedatives can be used the night before (for high anxiety patients) or an hour before the procedure. We advise our patients to do whatever they feel will make them the most relaxed and comfortable for their procedure. Special care is always given to make sure all patients are administered the correct dosage.
If you do choose this form of dental sedation, we strongly recommend you have a driver take you to and from your appointment. Driving or operating machinery while on sedatives is extremely dangerous.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly used and well-known methods of conscious sedation.
“Laughing Gas” helps to relax and soothe patients as they breathe it in through a mask that covers their nose. Within minutes, you’ll feel calm and somewhat numb in your cheeks and gums.
Once the sedative takes affect, local anesthetic will be applied as needed prior to the procedure.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous (IV) sedation often produces similar effects to oral sedation. Patients have little-to-no recollection of the procedures performed and feel as if they were “sleeping” through the appointment.
Depending on your needs, our team can vary the sedation range from light to deep. Like the other sedation options, patients are also treated with local anesthetics to control any pain or discomfort.
If you have questions about sedation dentistry, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today!