See Why Our Patients Love Our Sedation
Some people get very nervous about dentistry, and I understand. My own experiences as a youth should have made me more fearful of dentistry, and I get that these things can be hard.
The reality of the matter is most of the procedures are actually rather boring, and when we talk about it, a number of my patients who felt they wanted something are happy doing care without sedation. But we do offer a number of options for those who need something more.
The first level is to do nitrous, laughing gas. That’ll make you feel more relaxed. With nitrous, you can drive yourself to your appointment. You can drive yourself home. The nitrous is out of your system and you are able to carry on normally after procedures are done.
The next level is to do some form of oral sedation. We will prescribe a medication for you. You will fill a prescription. You will come to the office an hour before your appointment, and you will take the medication here. We do that specifically because we want to observe you.
We want to make sure how the medication is working, that you are responding well, that someone else in your family, your ride, or otherwise, doesn’t have to be concerned about how you’re doing on a medication plus different people respond differently. So we want to ensure your safety. You are here where we can observe you, make sure things are working well.
Oral sedation does not make you unconscious. You will still be awake, but you will be much less worried about what’s going on.
The next level beyond that is to add nitrous onto oral sedation, so now we’re using both. Whenever we’re doing any oral sedation, you need to have a ride bring you home. When we add nitrous, you still need a ride to bring you home from oral sedation.
The next step beyond that is we can bring in an anesthesiologist. We work with an anesthesia group. They can come in. They can set up the IV lines. They can do all the monitoring. You will not be aware of the dentistry that was done.
You will need someone to bring you home. You’ll need to recover for the rest of the day. And then you will have an anesthesiologist taking care of the IV sedation, and we’ll take care of the endodontic side, as another option for those who just can’t find a way to deal with dentistry.
If the soothing environment at our office and our humor aren’t enough to have you comfortable, we have a variety of sedation options available to ensure that you will be comfortable with your care.