We offer different types of sedation dentistry including oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to treat people with dental phobias or anxieties.
The patient is given oral medication about one hour prior to the appointment. The medicine puts you in a light state of sedation and you might sleep through your dental appointment. It is safe! When you awaken your dental treatment is completed.
You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive, you are allowed to rest comfortably in a warm, quiet room under a cozy blanket. During your entire time here, we will closely monitor you to ensure your safety. Complex dental treatments that often require six or more appointments can be done in as little as one while you sleep.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is as easy as taking an aspirin and you will feel relaxed and at ease. Oral conscious sedation does not “knock you out” like some other forms of anesthesia. You might remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. You may even not remember part, or all, of your procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. It is much less expensive than other forms of sedation, and you will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit.
As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be applied to the area to ensure that there is no pain. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation.
Anxiolysis – Oral Sedation
Anxiolysis is a form of oral sedation using a light sedative, such as valium. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but any tension and anxiety will fade away. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure as well.
After the procedure you will be able to drive yourself home.
Sedation Using Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. You will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, so you can sit back peacefully while your dental procedure is performed.
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. Once the procedure is over the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and you will probably be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities.
You will need to have a preliminary visit with your dentist to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous oxide sedation.
When a more powerful form of sedation is needed, IV sedation can be administered in the office. IV sedation is very quick and effective at alleviating all dental fears and helps to promote a deep state of relaxation. IV sedation is also great for people with a strong gag reflex, or patients undergoing multi visit procedures that would like to get all work done in a single visit. A patient undergoing IV sedation will not experience any discomfort during the procedure, and will also likely not remember anything at all about the visit. Dr. Holmes, Dr. Oakes, and the team at Vitality Dental are specifically trained to offer this type of sedation.
There are many benefits to IV sedation including:
- Fast-acting: Medicine is injected directly into the bloodstream which leads to a very fast onset
- Controllable: IV medicines used are rapidly reversible if necessary, and the level of sedation can be easily adjusted to keep the procedure safe at all times.
- Stress Free: Can help you feel completely relaxed and carefree during your procedure
Preparing for both oral and IV sedation:
- Arrange travel to and from the office
- No eating or drinking at least 6 hours prior to procedure