Sedation Dentistry

Wake up to a more healthy & beautiful smile with amazingly comfortable sedation dentistry. We care for patients who:

  • are afraid of needles & shots.
  • have had bad experiences before.
  • have not been to the dentist in a long time.
  • always gag when having dental work done.
  • just can’t seem to get numb.
  • feel their teeth are too far gone for traditional treatment.

What Kinds of Sedatives Are Available?

The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation & IV sedation. Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate & deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications.

Here is an overview of some of the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood & is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood & can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety & reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling & numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, & it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. Though oral sedatives do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment & then topped up during the procedure as required.

What Types of Drugs Are Used in Oral Conscious Sedation?

Most of the drugs used in sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia & seizures. Each medication has a different half-life, meaning that the effects last for varying amounts of time. The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective.

Here are some of the most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation:

Valium® – This sedative has amnesic properties & a long half-life. It is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.
Ativan® – This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety. It has amnesic properties & a medium half-life. Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours.
Halcion® – This sedative is best known for treating sleep problems. It produces a calming effect & has some amnesic properties. It can be taken an hour before an appointment to reduce anxiety.

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