People can dislike coming to see us. We understand. For those who need something to keep them from being overly anxious during their appointments, there are solutions. We offer conscious sedation in the form of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation, or nitrous oxide plus an oral sedative. We can even offer deep sedation via IV administration. And it may not only be for the anxious! Sedation can be a great option for those who gag easily, feel claustrophobic, or just plain don’t want to be awake for their dentistry.
This type of gas inhalation is our most common sedation, and is very safe. During the appointment, you are awake, but simply relaxed. Young children benefit greatly from this as well, as it can take away fear of dental appointments and turn them into fun, positive experiences.
Not only is nitrous oxide safe, there is also a very short recovery time (usually about 5 minutes), so there is no “hangover” effect. You are safe to drive home on your own.
Nitrous oxide with oral sedative:
This is used when there is a bit more anxiety, or perhaps the dental procedure is a bit more involved or lengthy. You are more sedated that with just the nitrous oxide, but you will remain conscious. This type of sedation is usually followed by some amnesia about the procedure as well. For nervous children or longer pediatric dental appointments, this option can be ideal.
You are monitored by our nurse throughout the appointment, and because recovery is slower, you will need someone to take you back home.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation:
This option is available for the most anxious patients or for procedures for which one prefers not to be awake. Common examples would be wisdom tooth surgeries or multiple extractions and gum surgeries, or perhaps just routine dental procedures that cannot be done because of high anxiety, strong gag reflexes, claustrophobia, fear of needles, or a dislike of dental instruments / other people’s fingers in the mouth. We can ensure that you are not aware of anything that is going on, nor will you have any memory of your visit.
We employ the services of a specialist dentist-anesthesiologist for this type of sedation. An IV is given and maintained throughout the dental treatment, with the anesthesiologist providing the appropriate monitoring. Rest assured, we will still do the dentistry for you, but the additional training and safety of specialist care are present for your visit.
Please ask us for details regarding these types of sedation!