Whether you have strong gag reflex, anxiety, or would like to complete multiple treatments in one visit, sedation may be the answer to ensure that your emotional & physical comfort is taken care of while we care for your teeth.
Oral (pharmacological) sedation is the most common and inexpensive form of light sedation. Oral medication puts patients at ease but not to sleep. Many patients often do not recall the smells, noises or lights associated with the treatment. Depending on the dosage, patients may need to arrange for a safe ride home.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has become the preferred method of sedation in dentistry. It is safe and easily administered through a nose mask throughout the procedure, leaving the patient less aware of pain and less anxious, while still being able to interact with the dental team. It requires little set-up, works very rapidly, and leaves the system quickly, allowing patients to drive and function almost immediately.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is a moderate type of sedation that is perfect for patients with extreme anxiety or when having extensive work done. IV sedation is administered by an anesthesiologist directly into the vein and vital signs are monitored throughout the treatment. As you are legally impaired for 24 hours, someone must drive you home.