Dental anxiety is real, and you’re not alone. Plenty of patients feel nervous about getting the care they need. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options to keep your experience soothing, painless, and stress-free.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
Sedation dentistry focuses on keeping patients calm and relaxed during dental procedures. It involves administering sedatives using various techniques to keep you at ease. The most popular sedation techniques include laughing gas, oral conscious, and Intravenous (IV) sedation. The type and amount of sedation the dentist administers depends on the procedure in question, your health, age, and the complexity and length of the procedure. Sedation is mostly used in combination with anesthesia for the best results.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Our nitrous oxide sedation process is designed to ensure patients feel comfortable and at ease regardless of their age and the dental procedure they’re slated for. One of our dentists or anesthesiologists will fit a mask over your nose and mouth before turning on the laughing gas supply. Inhaling the gas will make you feel light-headed, tingly, and giggly, while the dentist administers treatment.
What to Expect During Dental Sedation
Evaluation and Preparation
The dentist will first review your medical records to learn about any underlying conditions you suffer from and what medication you’re currently on. Patients with certain neurological disorders and other health conditions may not qualify for certain types of sedation. However, if you get the green light, the dentist will prepare you for the sedation by providing instructions on what to avoid before the sedation.
Sedation Administration and Monitoring
The dentist will select the most suitable sedation technique and administer it as per the standard procedure. The sedation techniques include laughing gas, oral conscious, and Intravenous(IV) sedation. During sedation, we’ll keep a keen eye on your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and other vitals and stop the sedation should we notice anything unusual.
Recovery and Post-Sedation Care
Recovery takes a few minutes to forty-eight hours, depending on the sedation type and dosage administered. While recovering, avoid using heavy or automated machinery or driving yourself anywhere.