Are you in desperate need of dental care, but too afraid to go to the dentist? You are not alone. For our patients who need that extra help to relax, we offer Sedation.
There are 3 types of sedation offered to our patients depending on their specific needs. We offer:
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing Gas)
- I.V. Sedation
- Oral Sedation
Nitrous Oxide or "Laughing Gas" is one of the safest forms of sedation available and can take the anxiety out of most routine dental procedures to include cleanings. Non-allergenic and non-irritating, most feel the onset effects within minutes and these effects are completely reversed within about 5 minutes of gas termination. This complete reversal allows you to safely drive home or go to work right after your appointment!
Almost anyone can have nitrous oxide treatment. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety. The gas also tends to reduce gag reflexes and saliva flow. Most importantly, you will bask in a feeling of relaxation as we care for you.
The gas is administered through a simple rubber hood that rests on your nose providing a feeling of numbness, security, and warmth. If you are known to be claustrophobic, this might not be the choice for you. At or near the end of your treatment, we will provide you with 100% oxygen so you will feel completely normal within 5-10 minutes. At that point, you are 100% ready to independently carry on your life.
What is IV Sedation ?
Intravenous (or IV) sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have severe dental anxiety or extensive dental needs.
How it Works ?
During IV sedation, the patient is administered medication intravenously. This combination of medications induces a drowsy and relaxed feeling, enabling the patient to remain completely calm and sedated throughout their treatment.
Throughout this process, the patient's vital signs are monitored. Although patients are not completely unconscious, many patients sleep through their dental appointment. Few patients have any memory of their treatment.
Patients who have IV sedation must have a friend or family member bring them to the dental office and return them home.
You are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will accompany you to the practice. By the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy.
When you arrive in our practice, you will be escorted into the comfort room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and have your vital signs monitored. After you are comfortable, the dentist and the clinical team will take care of your dental needs.
When your treatment is completed, your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.
Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental care requiring long visits.
Answers to Questions About Sedation Dentistry
Will I feel any pain?
No. You will feel nothing!
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, we are always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.
How long will I be relaxing?
Depending upon your needs, from two to six hours.
Because you are totally comfortable, all of your dental care may be completed in just one or two visits. We can replace crowns or missing teeth, treat gum disease, whiten yellow or stained teeth, repair a chipped tooth, and more. People with very busy schedules can receive the dental care they need, easily, quickly and comfortably.
Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
People who have:
- A preference for relaxed dental care
- High fear
- Had negative dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to complete dental care
- Hate needles and shots
- Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth