A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. At Espili Dental, we offer conscious sedation dentistry, which offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on individual needs. The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Before administering any sedative, Dr. Espiliwill analyze your full medical history, as well as taking note of any current medications you may be taking.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative;nitrous oxide isa gas combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax as you begin to breathe it in. Dr. Espili can control the amount of sedative you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly after the it is turned off. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.Some patients may feel some tingling or numbness during the use of nitrous oxide, but the feeling will go away after the gas isturned off. These are a few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, but the sedative has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. Minimal sedation involves taking a pill; most often, Halcion is the type of pill used. Halcion is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill may make you a little drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. Larger doses are often given to produce moderate sedation effects. This is the type of anesthesia is most commonly associated with sedation dentistry.
IV(Intravenous)sedation is a moderate type of sedation.It produces effects immediately and is used for shorter treatments. Patients who undergo IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home.
If you have questions or concerns about conscious sedation dentistry, feel free to call our office!