Sedation Dentistry: A Solution to Pain and Anxiety
Sedation dentistry is a field of dentistry which is specialized to relieve both dental phobia and the pain associated with dental procedures. There are three major types of sedation dentistry, and a quality sedation dentist should know how to utilize these different forms, and should know how to customize sedation to fit your individual needs.
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag refluxes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! We at Las Vegas Smile Center, are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our dental team treat you with delicacy and care, but through sedation, we will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleeplike experience, Dr. Arian will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” to a beautiful new smile.
Before your visit, you may have a variety of questions about sedation. You can read some of the most commonly asked questions below. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office at 702-433-6825. We will be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Is sedation safe?
Yes, sedation is safe and works well. Before we can give you any sedation, however, we need to discuss your medical history with you. We will ask whether you or anyone in your family has had difficulty with sedation or anesthetics. We also want to know if you are pregnant, taking steroids, or on any medication.
Who is a good candidate for sedation?
If you have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or complex dental problems, sedation might be right for you. Sedation eliminates anxiety by helping patients stay calm and relaxed. Most patients have little to no memory of the dental procedure. If you need extensive or complex dental treatments, sedation may reduce the number of appointments necessary to accomplish your treatment plan. Finally, by helping patients decrease their overall anxiety, many patients don’t need sedation during their next visit.
If I need treatment and want sedation, what happens during the initial visit?
When you schedule a visit with Dr. Arian, we will first have you come to our practice for a consultation appointment. During this visit, Dr. Arian will review your medical history, measure your vital signs, evaluate if you are a good candidate for sedation, and discuss the options you have to achieve the level of relaxation that will make your experience in the dental office very pleasant.
What is sedation and what kinds do we offer?
Sedation dentistry is also called sleep dentistry. You won’t actually be asleep, but when we provide you with sedation, you will feel very sleepy, comfortable, and pain-free while we provide you with the treatment you need. Sedation is effective and extremely safe. Our team has specially trained to offer you sedation and closely monitors your progress during your dental treatment.
At Las Vegas Smile Center, we can provide you with the following types of sedations:
- Nitrous oxide sedation
- Oral conscious sedation
- IV sedation dentistry
Nitrous Oxide Anesthesia
A combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen is breathed through a nasal mask to give a sensation of relaxation and euphoria. Patients may also know this as “laughing gas”. The gas is odorless. It takes about three minutes to achieve a comfortable state. The patient is totally aware during this procedure and can direct the doctor, if they feel any discomfort. Nitrous oxide is completely eliminated from the patients’ system within a few minutes after the procedure, so that you are able to drive. This is a significant help for relieving mild to moderate anxiety and it helps eliminate the gag reflex. Nitrous oxide oxygen can be used for children and often eliminates the need for a local anesthetic (needle) or numbing. This can be a big help for positive management of younger patients.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Drugs are given via taking a small pill to create a state of deep relaxation and amnesia. The patient is free of anxiety, loses the sense of time, and has little memory of the procedure. This is an excellent modality for an apprehensive patient for any dental procedure or a patient undergoing a surgical procedure, such as implant surgery. During the procedure the patient is continually monitored with automatic blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels. The patient cannot drive after this procedure and needs a designated driver to drive them home.
Intravenous Conscious Sedation
Drugs are given through an intravenous catheter to create a state of deep relaxation and amnesia. The patient is free of anxiety, loses the sense of time, and has no memory of the procedure. This is an excellent modality for an extremely apprehensive patient for any dental procedure or a patient undergoing a surgical procedure, such as implant surgery. During the procedure the patient is continually monitored with EKG, carbon dioxide, automatic blood pressure, and oxygen saturation levels. The patient cannot drive after this procedure. This is an in-office procedure.
A large segment of our population is apprehensive about having dental procedures performed. Through conscious sedation for a dental procedure, an apprehensive patient can be treated in a relaxed way, allowing their oral health care to be completed. Conscious sedation also allows a lower stress level to be achieved for the medically compromised patients. Dr. Arian has completed the academic requirements and has received certification from Nevada State to deliver conscious IV sedation in our office.
Please contact us at 702-4-DENTAL or 702.433.6825 to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation.