Sedation Dentistry

Did you know? A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.

Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure. Nitrous oxide and IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout dental visits, although sleepiness can be a side effect.

Here is an overview of the common types of sedation dentistry Birch Street Dental Care utilizes:

Nitrous Oxide

Otherwise known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas administered through a facial mask during the time of your procedure. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide. It provides a deep sense of relaxation. When your procedure is complete, the mask will be removed and the effects should wear off quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home.

IV Sedation

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation, is administered by IV to your circulation. We will carefully monitor the dose of the medication so that you are safely and comfortably sedated. IV sedation is sometimes referred to as “sleep” dentistry, because patients who undergo IV sedation fall into a deep state of relaxation, and may have only partial memory from the procedure, or none at all. IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation. It is very safe and administered by a professional who will closely monitor your vital signs. IV sedation is an excellent treatment option for patients who need a lot of dental work completed in one appointment, for patients with special needs, or for those who suffer from extreme dental fear or anxiety. After your procedure, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home.

Don’t let fear or anxiety of the dentist prevent you from getting the great care you need and deserve! If you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, contact our office today.