Sedation offers an excellent way to provide a safe and anxiety-free, experience.
Sedation is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but IV sedation only works to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.
Our sedation technique works so effectively that even the administration of local anesthetic (freezing), smells, tastes as well as the details of the procedure are not recalled afterwards. Safety and a relaxed body are two important aspects of treatments, so sedation offers both the individual and the surgeon the best alternative.
As you will be legally impaired, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation dentistry:
Here is an overview of some of the most common types of sedatives:
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nasal canula. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years. It is generally administered in highly anxious patients to safely start an intravenous line.
In our certified office intravenous sedation is a deep type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments. It is administered via direct flow into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home.
If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, please call our office at 250.890.0055.