In order to provide our patients with comfort and relaxation during invasive dental procedures such as dental implants, we offer several methods of sedation at Implant Dentistry and Periodontics. Our team is highly trained in the administration of each sedation type we offer and we have decades of experience. We want you to feel at ease while we perform your treatment and often, sedation allows us to accomplish a lot more of your procedure than we otherwise would have been able to finish if you were “awake.” This makes your appointment time more productive and requires fewer trips to our office to complete your treatment.
We will administer intravenous sedation through a vein in your arm so the level of your sedation can be adjusted depending on your needs, and it can take effect quickly. This type of sedation will not put you fully to sleep but it will put you in a “dream-like” state and make you less aware of what is going on around you during your procedure. It also has an “amnesia” affect, meaning you will not remember what has happened while our team performed your dental treatment. Our sedation dentists are highly qualified to administer IV Sedation.
In order to receive IV Sedation, we will want to know some more details about your medical history. You will be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for at least eight hours before your procedure. Although awake, you will feel very groggy for the rest of the day of your treatment. It is best to plan to rest for the remainder of the day and to ask a friend or family member to drive you home from your appointment.
Two other types of sedation we offer to our patients are oral sedation and nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Oral sedation requires taking a pill about an hour before your treatment begins. This is for patients who want assistance with relaxing but can be fully conscious during procedures. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is also available to help patients feel relaxed during treatment and it will wear off shortly after the mask is removed from your face.
We understand why many patients are often anxious or fearful of dental treatment and we will do all we can to provide you with an anxiety free dental visit. We will use all the advancements in equipment, medicines, and our care for you to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Please keep us informed if you are feeling anxious so we can use all the means necessary to help you.