Sedation Dentistry and I.V. Sedation

We recognize that some patients feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care.  Sedation Dentistry allows our doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety. Feeling anxious about your dental care should never prevent you from having the dental treatment that you need.

 Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
  • Extreme dental anxiety or fear
  • Extreme fear of needles and/or shots
  • Past traumatic dental experience
  • Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist's office
  • Overly sensitive teeth
  • A strong gag reflex
  • Need for more complex dental treatment
  • Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment

There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Three Types of Sedation

  • Inhalation Sedation — Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, is administered to patients as they breath through their noses. It acts quickly, mildly and effectively. You remain awake during the procedures and experience a sense of relaxation. As soon as the gas is turned off, the effects stop. Recovery is quick so you can drive home and resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral/Enteral Sedation —  This is a very common and safe sedative. You will be given a prescription pill with or without Nitrous Oxide. You are able to maintain your own breathing reflexes. You may sleep during the procedures. Most patients do not remember the visit or possibly anything from the day.  The effects can vary between patients. You will need to have someone drive you home and stay with you until the sedative wears off, usually later that day.
  • IV Sedation - This type of sedation is usually used for longer surgical procedures and is administered intravenously through your vein. An anesthesiologist is in attendance to administer IV sedation. You will maintain your breathing reflexes even though you are at a much deeper level of sedation. You need someone to take you home and stay with you until the effects have fully worn off later that evening. You will not be able to drive or conduct any type of business that day.






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