A lot of people would rather endure the torment of a toothache than step foot in a dental clinic. For those who avoid dentists, sedation dentistry offers to take most of their anxiety away. Sedation treatments can be used for a simple tooth cleaning down to the most invasive of dental procedures. Though no pain is generally involved in any of our procedures, we offer sedation for those patients who have a fear of dental treatment.
Sedation dentistry involves administration of oral sedatives for procedures that take an extensive amount of time and is best for people with dental anxiety or for young children. Some medications help create more tranquil, relaxed dental visits, while others control pain, and may even put you into a deep sleep. This can be done for patients of all ages. With the exception of those under general anesthesia, most patients are usually awake during sedation.
The method and degree of sedation depends on the extent of anxiety and factors like age or type of procedure that your dentist needs to consider.
Inhalation Sedation is a conscious form of sedation that involves the use of nitrous oxide commonly known as “laughing gas” to help you relax. It is mild enough to keep a patient conscious and strong enough to suppress pain during treatments. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after your dental visit.
Oral sedation is delivered by mouth (pills) to calm and relax patients. Oral sedative medications are usually given the night before or half an hour before dental procedures depending on the severity of your anxiety. Depending on the dose, this can range from minimal (awake but relaxed) to moderate sedation (awake, some words are slurred, and some may not remember the entirety of the procedure).
Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through the veins. The effect works quickly and your dentist can continually adjust your level of sedation.
Deep sedation & general anesthesia allow you to be unconscious for treatments that are particularly uncomfortable, difficult and lengthy. This can be ideal for some children and patients whose other medical problems make it impossible for us to carry out procedures safely.
We will help you decide the type of sedation that’s right for you. Your dental procedure, overall health, history of allergies, anxiety levels will all determine the best approach in your case.