Sedation Dentistry

Does the sound of a drill send chills up your spine? Ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear? Is A bad dental experience keeping you from going back? Would you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist? Answering “yes” to these questions could mean that you’re a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, joint problems, limited jaw opening, or a difficult time getting numb then sedation could be the answer you are looking for when it comes to your dental needs.

There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient:

• Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly.
• Conscious oral sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form.
• IV conscious sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly.
• General sedation is where an anesthesiologist is breathing for the patient and he or she is unconscious. This type of sedation is used for small pediatric and special needs patients. This procedure is performed at Riverland hospital in Ferriday.

Because of its effectiveness and predictability, we most often recommend I.V. sedation. This method allows us to carefully monitor your level of consciousness and adjust it according to each patient’s need. You will be well sedated throughout the procedure while maintaining your protective reflexes. Most patients do not remember the appointment or how long it took. This is the deepest form of sedation we use in office.