With Sedation Dentistry, you can get the smile you deserve and forget you were here. Sedation allows us to give you the best care possible while you relax in the dental chair! If you have fears of dental work, you are not alone. Let us make you comfortable with Sedation. GET IN, GET OUT, GET IT ALL DONE IN ONE APPOINTMENT… IT’S A BREEZE!
The Methods of Sedation Dentistry Used at Implant Dentistry
While often very necessary for oral and general health reasons, undergoing dental procedures can be extremely frightening and stressful for some people. Even for those who do not generally suffer from anxiety, the thought of the pain and discomfort that may occur during a dental procedure can be unnerving. However, with a variety of sedation methods available, patients are able to experience a drug-induced relaxed state which can significantly reduce anxiety and increase comfort.
Nitrous Oxide is likely one of the most familiar methods of dental sedation. This form of sedation involves breathing Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) through a nose mask, leading to a very relaxed state. Nitrous Oxide begins to work very quickly and will cause numbing of the cheeks and mouth in addition to a relaxed and, at times, elated sensation.
Oral Sedation is also a popular and widely used method of sedation. With Oral Sedation, a small dose of oral sedation medication is administered to the patient approximately one hour prior to the commencement of the dental procedure. About 30 to 60 minutes after taking the medication, the patient will feel extremely relaxed. Some patients will even fall asleep during the procedure. The medication used in Oral Sedation will typically take several hours to completely wear off.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation is most widely used in our practice and it is the best method of dental sedation. This method of sedation is used to achieve Mild to Moderate Conscious Sedation and allows for a high level of control over the level of sedation and the patient’s comfort. The recovery time following IV sedation is very short.
The Degrees of Sedation Dentistry Used at Implant Dentistry
Sedation dentistry involves the use of pharmaceutical agents to relax patients who are about to undergo dental procedures. Particularly ideal for patients who suffer from anxiety, the various sedatives used in dental sedation allow patients to experience a very calm state so they can comfortably tolerate their procedure. Depending on the type of dental procedure necessary and the patient’s health and circumstances, different degrees of sedation may be used.
The mildest level of sedation is called Anxiolysis. Anxiolysis is typically induced with Nitrous Oxide or Oral Sedation and puts patients into a relaxed state. At this level of sedation, patients may experience some degree of cognitive or coordination impairment. However, patients will still be awake and able to respond to commands.
The next level of sedation is Mild to Moderate Conscious Sedation. Often achieved through IV Sedation, Mild to Moderate Conscious Sedation allows patients to feel little or no discomfort while not remembering the entire procedure. While patients at this level of sedation will fall asleep, they will still be able to respond and feel very relaxed and comfortable.
Sedation Dentistry allows us to give you the best smile possible all while you relax. Call us today!