Sedation / Sleep Dentistry
Sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, or conscious sedation are all terms that cover the possible ways to control a patient’s anxiety and pain without using a stronger method like general anesthesia. This type of sedation allows patients to breathe without assistance and to react physically and verbally to various stimulation. Listed below, you will find a short description of each type of sedation we provide. Each of these forms commonly cause amnesia, and patients usually fall asleep.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a gentle, non-invasive method for providing you with a relaxing dental experience.
Laughing gas lowers anxiety and reduces pain while still allowing you to be awake during your procedure. It also has the amazing property of leaving your system completely after you stop breathing it so that you are free to bring yourself to and from your appointment! With no lingering effects or hindrance for safe driving, this is a popular method for sedation that keeps patients relaxed while remaining conscious, alert and in control.
Oral sedation is similar to nitrous oxide sedation in that it reduces anxiety while allowing you to remain awake. Your doctor may prescribe a tablet for you to take before your appointment to help calm nerves and put you at ease for your visit. This medication works incredibly well for reducing anxiety, but it does tend to cause lingering drowsiness for several hours after intake. For this reason, it is necessary that you make arrangements with a friend or family member for traveling to and from this appointment.
IV sedation allows us to provide oral surgery without the anxiety. For more information, reach out to our team today.
Intravenous (IV) sedation, sometimes called conscious sedation, is a safe and effective way to provide a relaxing experience during your dental procedure.
Sedative medications are delivered through an IV infusion that allows us to carefully adjust the amount of medication you receive to keep you in the perfect state of relaxation.
When It Is Used
IV sedation pairs perfectly with surgical procedures that can otherwise be very stressful. With IV sedation, your procedure time can be shortened, the risk of complication is reduced, and more dental work can be completed in one appointment.
When you choose IV sedation, you will be cared for by our expert team, including our IV sedation certified doctor Dr. Steddum, one of our registered nurses, and our dental assistants with special training in sedation care.
To learn more about IV sedation, or to find out if you are a candidate, call today to schedule an evaluation.