Millions of North Americans avoid the dentist. Some had traumatic experiences as children while others suffered pain as adults. No matter the reason, far too many of these individuals simply stopped seeking routine dental care because they were frightened. If this sounds like you, we want to help!
We offer mild to moderate sedation treatment options.
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
Commonly referred to as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain blocking and reducing effects. The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. The gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) is inhaled through a nasal cone. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. As you relax the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed. If the gas is the only anesthesia that you receive, you will very likely be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
ORAL CONSIOUS SEDATION
To relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia, we also offer oral conscious sedation, known as sedation dentistry. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.
The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit, then receiving nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to supplement the sedative's effects. Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit.
While I.V. sedation can be used for general anesthesia (to induce a state of unconsciousness), it can also be used for conscious sedation. This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness, also known as a “twilight” state, which is a groggy state of mind and a relaxed body. This form of sedation minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the dentist. While you are under the effects of the drug, the dentist can perform your dental work, and you will remain comfortable. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure. After your procedure(s), you will need a ride home from the dental office. The following day, the sedative will clear the body so that you can resume daily activities.