Do you get nervous when you think about going to the dentist? I am excited to announce that our office is now offering Sedation Dentistry services.
Many people think that sedation means being “put to sleep” but that’s not the case; it means being in a “relaxed” state. With sedation, you will be partially awake during your procedure and will be able to respond to my verbal directions, and in most cases you will not remember what happened.
There are quite a few different types of sedation available. The most commonly used form of sedation in a dentist office is nitrous or “laughing gas”. when requested, nitrous gas is administered during your dental procedure to help you relax. you will seem to drift in and out of consciousness and when the procedure is done you will leave on your own without any noticeable side effects. you will most likely remember what happened during your visit, but our hope is to relax you enough to get you through the procedure. we do not charge for nitrous at our office, so if you have mild dental anxiety, make sure you ask for nitrous at your next appointment.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill about an hour before your dental procedure so that the medication has time to start working. The amount of medication administered in oral sedation is significantly higher compared to using Nitrous and so it should be used for patients with a higher degree of dental anxiety. The downfalls to Nitrous and pill sedation are that it takes time before the medication starts to work in your body and it doesn’t always work on certain people based on their level of anxiety.
If you have a high level of anxiety or medical condition that makes dental procedures difficult, IV sedation may be the best option for you. IV sedation has a much higher success rate compared to nitrous and pill sedation. This is because the amount of medication administered to you during the procedure can be changed through your IV. I have invested in state of the art equipment to closely monitor IV sedation patients. During the procedure you are connected to an EKG machine so that I can monitor your heart rhythm as well as the amount of oxygen in your blood. Should we see any signs of distress we can quickly stop the sedation procedure, so you can be assured that your safety is our number one concern.
Who can benefit from Sedation?
- High fear and anxiety for dental treatment
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Limited time to complete dental care
- Inability to control movements due to conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or Cerebral Palsy
- A bad gag reflex
- Difficulty getting numb
- Complex dental problems
- Very sensitive teeth
If you would like more information about sedation, call my office at 507-532-2233 to schedule a free sedation consultation so that we can discuss options that would work best for you and
start enjoying anxiety free dental care!
At the Dental Health Center, we care about your smile!