What Types of Sedation Are Offered?
We have a variety of options to choose from depending on your procedure, such as:
- Nitrous Oxide: Typically referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is distributed through a mask. Only a small amount is needed to keep a patient relaxed and comfortable.
- Oral Sedation: Like laughing gas, oral sedation is another type of “conscious” sedative, given to patients who will remain awake during their procedure. This treatment is a good choice for people who feel their anxiety will not be fully quelled by laughing gas.
- IV Sedation: IV sedations are typically used for quick procedures. The sedative is injected directly into the bloodstream, making it immediately effective. Patients feel as if they’ve slept through the entire procedure. Because it can cause grogginess and disorientation, patients getting IV sedation must be accompanied by an adult who can drive them home.
What If I Need a Stronger Sedative?
The sedatives listed above are light to moderate, often used in the office for patients getting check-ups or other quick procedures. Longer, more invasive surgeries often require the need of a much stronger drug designed to keep you unconscious during a lengthy process. These tactics include:
Whereas IV sedation is considered moderate, deep sedation will produce a total loss of consciousness. Patients are given a drug that puts them deeply to sleep so that they are not easily aroused, but they can still respond properly to pain and can breathe on their own and the team carefully monitors their heart rate.
General anesthesia is also a drug-induced loss of consciousness; however, the patient is often so deeply asleep that they cannot respond to pain or repeated stimuli. Patients may require breathing assistance from a ventilator, and their heat rate is carefully monitored during the entire procedure.
Don’t Let Your Anxiety Keep You Away from the Dentist
We understand that being scared of the dentist is a legitimate fear. But you should not let your fear stop you from taking good care of your mouth. Often, oral problems develop below the surface unbeknownst to people, and they only experience symptoms when it’s too late.
The best way to maintain good oral health is through proper care at home and regular visits to your dentist. Our anxious patients have confirmed that they are able to relax and feel at ease when they choose sedation dentistry. We know you will be in capable hand with us.
Nervous About the Dentist? You Don’t Have to Be.
We welcome the opportunity to invite you for a free consultation. During our meeting, we won’t do any dental work; instead, we’ll talk about the different types of sedation we offer and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you. Call one of our five locations today to schedule your appointment.