Whether you’re terrified to receive a checkup or certain treatments make you anxious, you can benefit from sedation dentistry. We offer mild to moderate sedationand ensure that you receive dental care that’s right for you. Sedation is different from a general anesthetic, as you will stay awake throughout the treatment.
Assessing Your Eligibility
Before we provide you with a sedative, you will receive a consultation to determine your eligibility. This involves discussing medical conditions like cardiac disease, diabetes, hypertension, and respiratory disease. Sedation is safe for almost everyone, including children and people with special needs. If we decide that sedation would be a good option for you, we will talk to you to help determine the appropriate type of sedation for your needs.
Types of Sedation
For mild sedation, you can receive nitrous oxide gas. We place a gas mask over your nose and ask you to breathe normally. We control the level of sedation throughout the procedure. When we remove the mask, the sedative wears off immediately. This is the only type of sedation you can receive and then safely drive yourself home from your appointment.
For mild to moderate sedation, we will recommend an oral sedative. This comes in the form of a pill. You will need to take the pill around an hour before your appointment and ask someone to drive you to our clinic. This sedative is stronger than nitrous oxide and you may remember little of the procedure.
For more extreme anxiety, IV sedation is the best option. This involves injecting the sedative into a vein. If you have a phobia of needles, we may give you nitrous oxide first to keep you calm while we insert the needle. With IV sedation, you will be conscious but drowsy. You will need time to recover after your appointment as the sedative wears off.