Comfortable, Calming Dentistry with Sedation
Some patients may feel anxious about their dental treatment, especially if they must undergo a complex restorative treatment such as root canal treatment or dental implant placement. Others may suffer dental phobia or have special needs that make it almost impossible to receive even routine preventive care. Fortunately, dental sedation offers a way for patients with special considerations to receive the high-quality dental care they need and deserve. As experts in all areas of professional dental care, we offer a variety of dental sedation options that can be personalized to suit your specific needs and preferences.
Personalized Sedation Options
- Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is the mildest form of dental sedation, and has been in clinical dentistry since the mid-19th century. Nitrous oxide is administered through a comfortable mask worn over your nose, and is immediately exhaled through the mouth. Its effects dissipate almost immediately after the mask is removed.
- Oral Sedation: Oral sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation, is taken as a pill or liquid before your dental procedure begins. As a more potent option than laughing gas, many patients who experience anxiety benefit more from oral sedation. For more potent effects, your dentist may also recommend taking the medication the night before your dental appointment as well as in the morning, shortly before your treatment begins.
- Oral Sedation + Nitrous Oxide: Because dental sedation can be tailored to each patient’s unique needs, we often recommend a combination of nitrous oxide and oral sedation. The combined sedative effects can help patients with severe anxiety or phobia enjoy a more comfortable and calming experience without having to opt for IV sedation.
- IV Sedation: IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is the most powerful form of dental sedation, and is typically recommended only when patients have special needs, exhibit extreme dental phobia, or require oral surgery. IV sedation is administered directly into the blood stream through an intravenous drip, which is closely monitored by a trained anesthesiologist.