Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Our guests having positive experiences and being comfortable during any type of treatment at Dental Studio is of the utmost importance to our team. One way to help keep our patients comfortable is with sedation. This service can be used for those fearful of dental treatment or for those receiving procedures that are more invasive. There are different types of medicines used in sedation dentistry and each type has benefits for particular treatments.

Why Sedation is Used

Sedation can be used for a couple reasons. The objective of sedation is to maintain a person’s level of comfort throughout a procedure. Sedation dentistry is also useful for treatments that require stillness so that our dentist can work without obstruction. In addition to keeping patients comfortable during treatment, sedation is also helpful for those with dental phobias and anxieties.

Types of Sedation

Different types of sedation produce varying levels of effects, and therefore, the type of procedure being performed and what a patient’s needs are dictates the type of sedation utilized. There are three types of sedation offered at our practice: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide is a gas that has been used as a mild anesthetic for over a century in both medical and dental settings. This gas' effects begin quickly and wear off fast when it is no longer being administered. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas” because of its euphoric effects, is delivered through a soft nasal mask.

Oral sedation involves taking prescription medication in tablet form. This form of sedation does affect motor skills and will cause drowsiness in many patients. Since this medication is stronger than nitrous oxide, patients will need to arrange for transportation home from their appointments.

Conscious sedation also utilizes prescription medication but it is delivered intravenously. While the medication is very strong and many patients do doze off, they are not unresponsive. People receiving conscious sedation can respond to questions and commands.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Sedation dentistry can be incredibly beneficial. Whether you have mild dental phobias or are receiving complex treatment, sedation can be a tool for having a positive experience during treatment. When determining the type of sedation a patient should have, our dentists will take a person’s general health and medical history into account. We invite you to have a conversation with our dental team at your next appointment to find out if you will benefit from sedation.

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What is dental anxiety and phobia?
Dental anxiety or dental phobias are disturbances in one’s mood and thought processes that make being in clinical settings or around dental instruments very uncomfortable. Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder that produces very intense and irrational fears of particular places or actions. Dental phobias and anxieties are not uncommon and unfortunately, they can prevent a person from receiving the oral care they require. For those who suffer with dental phobias and anxieties related to clinical situations, Dental Studio provides sedation including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and conscious sedation to increase comfort during treatment and assuage the symptoms of anxiety. If you suffer with dental anxiety, feel welcome to speak with our staff so that we can accommodate your needs to ensure a positive experience at our office.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation is a method of sedation dentistry that administers prescription medication through an IV. This type of sedation is normally reserved for invasive or lengthy procedures. Patients with severe dental phobias might receive this form of sedation, too. Although IVs are used, conscious sedation is not like general anesthesia because patients are still able to respond to requests or questions.
How much does sedation cost?
The price of sedation will vary depending on the type of medication used and whether a person has insurance. For instance, nitrous oxide is a mild analgesic with sedating properties that is administered through a nasal mask. This form of sedation is very affordable, even for those without insurance. IV or “conscious sedation” on the other hand, involves more medical equipment and constant monitoring, which is reflected in its price.
Can I have sedation?
Determining who needs sedation depends on the type of treatment he or she is receiving and if they have existing conditions or medication that might interfere with the performance of medication. When our dentists decide to administer sedation, it is a carefully thought out process because the well-being of our patients is very important.
What types of sedation are used in oral surgery?
Different types of oral surgery dictate protocols for different types of sedation. A patient’s situation and needs will also be a determining factor in the type of sedation prescribed. Less invasive oral surgery normally only requires nitrous oxide. Oral sedation and conscious sedation is typically reserved for procedures that are more complex.