Do you need a little help settling into the dentist’s chair? Don’t let anxiety stop you from getting the care you need!
You can receive sedation dentistry for everything from simple procedures to intensive procedures. Depending on the procedure, our outsourced anesthesiologists offer nitrous sedation, oral sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.
You aren’t necessarily asleep under sedation dentistry unless your procedure calls for general anesthesia or deep sedation.
We administer nitrous sedation (aka “laughing gas”) via a breathing mask over your nose. After a few moments, the nitrous oxide gas helps you relax and rest comfortably. Your doctor controls the amount of gas you breathe.
You can also drive yourself home after a dental procedure because the gas and its effects wear off rather quickly.
We administer oral sedation as a pill.
Generally, we give you a small dose to ease stress before a procedure. We may give you a larger dose for moderate sedation, and you might fall asleep. However, you can still wake up easily with a gentle nudge.
IV sedation is the heaviest of our sedation methods. It makes you either completely unconscious or nearly unconscious during your dental procedure.
The effects of IV sedation must wear off before you can wake up and function normally. We may reverse your IV sedation with medication. If you receive IV sedation, please ask someone to drive you home from our clinic.