We are proud to cater to anxious patients and transform their dental experience. If you have been putting off dental work or avoiding routine exams, sedation dentistry will help you find a path forward.
Our office provides a wide variety of sedation options, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and intravenous sedation. Interested in learning about sedation before your next appointment? Get in touch so that we can learn more about your needs and make an appropriate recommendation. There is a sedation option that is ideal for you, and we will help you discover it.
We believe that every patient is deserving of pain-free, stress-free dental care.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
It’s important to note that sedation is different from local anesthesia (novocaine). Anesthesia is provided whenever there is a chance that the patient may experience discomfort during a dental procedure. This medication numbs the area to prevent sensation during treatment.
Sedation is an additional option that is provided to anxious or fearful patients. Sedation calms the central nervous system to relax the patient. The dose is carefully controlled so that the process is safe and the patient is calm but conscious. Our sedation options will not put you to sleep (unlike general anesthesia). They will simply help you feel calm, comfortable and at ease in the office.
If you are receiving sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. This is because most sedation options make it unsafe for you to drive right after receiving, before they the medication has fully worn off.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is commonly used and has been a dental sedative for many years. The patient inhales nitrous oxide gas while being monitored closely. The nitrous causes the patient to enter a euphoric state of relaxation, with anxiety falling away. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the procedure – in many cases, the patient is able to drive themselves home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is prescribed in advance of your dental appointment. The patient takes it about an hour before treatment so that the medication is in effect by the time they’re in the dental chair. You will remain awake during the procedure, but will feel completely relaxed. Some patients also do not remember portions of the appointment afterwards, finding the procedure felt much shorter than expected. Oral conscious sedation is affordable and straightforward, and appropriate for many patients.
Twilight Sedation (IV Sedation)
IV sedation, also called sleep sedation or twilight sedation, is administered through a vein. This form of sedation does not actually put you to sleep, but it does cause full body relaxation and can induce an amnesiac effect. Twilight sedation is ideal for patients facing long procedures, as it helps the process pass quickly.
Is Sedation Right for Me?
If any of the following apply, you may benefit from dental sedation:
You have experienced dental anxiety in the past
Your dental anxiety has prevented you from receiving regular care
You have a highly sensitive gag reflex
You have a heightened fear of needles
You have a significant amount of dental work that you would like to complete in as few appointments as possible
You will need to speak with Dr. Khaghany-Duffy about sedation before you are able to learn whether you are a candidate – get in touch today to plan your stress-free procedure.