What is Sedation?
Sedation is an option for our patients who either want to be fully or partially sedated during their treatment. Oral surgery can be a frightening experience for many people, so utilizing sedation can make your experience with us a lot more comfortable. We offer several different types of sedatives, include nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation. Local anesthetic is typically used to numb one area of the mouth while treatment is being administered.
Why would Sedation be needed?
Sedation is beneficial for several different reasons. Patients who have anxiety or who suffer panic attacks can benefit greatly from sedation. If you’re undergoing a more complex procedure, sedation can relax you so that the treatment is quicker and easier for you. Whether you’re undergoing implant surgery or having your wisdom teeth removed, sedation is useful in making the treatment easier and more comfortable.
Who is a candidate for Sedation?
Before recommending or administering any type of sedative, we will review your health and medical history. We will then provide you with the options available so that you can choose which one you think you’d benefit from the most during your appointment. For most sedation, we will ask that our patients have a friend or relative bring them from the office after treatment is finished. It is unsafe for you to drive yourself after undergoing sedation.
What happens when undergoing Sedation?
We offer a few different types of sedatives to meet your needs. The first, and most common, is known as nitrous oxide. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, a small mask is placed over your nose. You’ll be instructed to breathe in the sweet-smelling fumes, which will almost immediately relax you. IV sedation is ideal for patients who want to be fully asleep during their appointment. A small needle is placed into the arm and attached to an intravenous line. During the appointment, a drip line will constantly administer sedative to keep you asleep until the needle is removed. You will be taken to a recovery room after the procedure is finished to wake up from whichever sedative you choose.
If you would like to learn more about anesthesia and our sedative options, call us today to talk to one of our helpful staff members.