We are dedicated to providing our patients with an unparalleled experience, which is why we offer several types of sedation. Our facility is equipped with the latest technology needed for excellent endodontic care, as well as cardio and pulmonary monitoring equipment to ensure that the procedure is as safe as it is comfortable.
Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breathe on their own.
Sedation Dentistry works well for patents who:
- Have had traumatic dental experiences
- Feel uneasy in the chair
- Have sensitive teeth
- Have difficulty getting numb
- Patients with limited openings
- Have needle phobia
- Have gag reflex
The Three Levels of Oral and/or I.V. Conscious Sedation Dentistry that we offer include:
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is generally used to help you feel more relaxed during a dental procedure. It is the most commonly used sedation and inhaled through a small rubber nose piece placed over your nose. The effects of it wear off within minutes after use. It is best used for patients with mild anxiety in the dental office or for short, uncomplicated dental treatments. The patient is able to return to normal daily routine including driving after treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is accomplished with a pill to be taken prior to your visit. While you’ll still be awake during this level of sedation you’ll feel very relaxed, kind of sleepy, and be less aware of what is going on in the dentist’s office. Patients often describe oral sedation as the experience of being asleep but are able to move, speak, and respond to verbal requests. It offers a deeper level of relaxation then nitrous oxide. Because people react differently to medications, however, the level of sedation is harder to control. Also, the effects of the pill do not take effect immediately, so adjusting the level of sedation quickly during a procedure is difficult. Oral conscious sedation is best used with patients who have moderate fear about dental appointments.
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation
I.V. Sedation in Dentistry is the greatest development for fearful dental patients in many years. This level of sedation requires an anesthesiologist. It produces a much deeper level of sedation, usually within just a few minutes. Patients can receive treatment without feeling pain, remembering or experiencing the smells, tastes or noises of their dental visit. Administering I.V. Sedation is quick, predictable and can be adjusted during treatment so the procedure can be easily completed. In addition, because the patient is more deeply sedated, prolonged procedures are easily completed without the need for numerous visits. I.V. Sedation is best for people with severe fear of dental office and dental procedures.