Are you in desperate need of dental care, but too afraid to go to the dentist? Are you facing extensive treatment which you cannot fathom without being “out”? You are not alone. For our patients who need that extra help to relax, we offer both inhalation and oral sedation.
How it works
First, we always review your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate. Then depending on what level of sedation you require, we offer either Nitrous (laughing gas) sedation or Oral (valium like drugs) sedation.
Nitrous Sedation– Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” is one of the safest forms of sedation available and can take the anxiety out of most routine dental procedures and cleanings. Non-allergenic and non-irritating, most patients feel the onset effects within minutes and these effects are completely reversed within about 5 minutes of gas termination. At the end of the procedure, you can safely drive home or go to work.
Almost anyone can have nitrous oxide treatment. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety. Most importantly, you will feel relaxed as we care for you. The laughing gas is administered through a simple rubber hood that rests on your nose providing a feeling of numbness, security, and warmth. At or near the end of your treatment, we will provide you with 100% oxygen so you will feel completely normal within 5-10 minutes. At that point, you are ready to leave the office independently.
Oral Sedation- If cleared by your MD, you are given a pill to take one hour prior to your dental appointment. You will need a companion to drive you to and from the dental office. The pill works quickly to create a relaxed state so you will be drowsy when you arrive. During treatment, your vital signs will be monitored while you are in a sleep-like state. You will be able to respond to any given commands or questions, but will not likely recall events while the drug is in effect. This is ideal for the dental phobic patient.
Beyond creating an optimal environment for you, sedation dentistry allows us to complete multiple treatments in one appointment. You can relax while we improve your smile.”