Sedation dentistry doesn’t necessarily mean that you must be asleep during your dental treatment. In fact, unless you have elected to undergo general anesthesia, you can expect to remain awake throughout your visit. Dr. Stevens has the experience to assess your individual needs in order to recommend the level of sedation that will be most comforting for you.
We are proud to offer sedation dentistry to provide our patients with the most relaxing dental experience possible. We want to ensure that you are as stress-free as possible so that your time with us is pleasant and productive.
Prior to your treatment, we will gladly answer your questions about the procedure and the recommended form of sedation. It is important that you are accompanied by an adult driver who can ensure that you arrive at our office safely and arrive home safely.
Sedation Dentistry Options
There are various forms of sedation, ranging from easy relaxation to deep sleep. For most dental procedures, sedation will enable you to feel heavily relaxed while remaining conscious and able to move and speak under your own power. Common sedation methods include:
Nitrous Oxide/ Laughing Gas: Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that is inhaled through a small nose mask. The gas will be administered continuously throughout the procedure and closely monitored by dental professionals. The gas helps to make you feel calm, uplifted, and free from anxiety with minimal side-effects and no lingering grogginess. As soon as oxygen begins to flow through the mask at the end of the appointment, you will feel wide awake and fully able to function normally.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Taking an oral medication in the form of a pill or liquid prior to dental treatment is a simple way to achieve a moderate level of sedation. The medication can make you feel sleepy and will dull your senses so that you are unlikely to remember the feeling, sounds, and other details of your treatment. The effects of oral sedation can last for several hours after your visit, prompting you to rest or nap once you arrive at home.
IV Sedation: Technically known as Intravenous sedation, this form of sedation takes effect immediately as it is administered directly into the blood stream. IV sedation produces a more profound and longer lasting effect than the previously mentioned methods.
Learn more about your options for sedation dentistry when you call our office for a consultation today.