Dental Anxiety is real. Many patients avoid obtaining the dentistry they need and deserve due to fear and anxiety. Sedation acts to reduce and alleviate anxiety to make patients more comfortable. Our facility maintains permitted status to allow for three types of sedation.
Nitrous Oxide (Inhalation) Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, or "laughing gas" is a minimal form of sedation that is administered through a nose mask.
Pros: fast onset, no fasting/driver required, reverses with pure oxygen
Cons: minimal sedative effect
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a moderate form of sedation that is achieved using a pill/tablet prescribed by your dentist.
Pros: more profound sedation, patient still awake but relaxed, some amnesia effect
Cons: driver required
IV Sedation with Anesthesiologist
A dental anesthesiologist is brought into the office to sedate you during your procedure. This is a moderate form of sedation using medication administered via an IV line.
Pros: most profound sedation, patient somnolent, but maintains ability to breath on their own, amnesia effect
Cons: driver required, no eating/drinking for 8 hours prior to procedure