Sedation Options in Spring
It is not uncommon for Guests to feel high levels of anxiety before having Dental work done. At Immediate Smiles Dentures & Dentistry, we strive to always offer the most comfortable experience to each and every Guest! To help achieve this, we offer three options for Sedation Dentistry. Please ask us any questions you may have so we can work together to find the best option for you!
Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen
Our lightest option for sedation is administered via Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen inhalation. This is a safe and effective sedative that is breathed in and helps you to relax. It is also known as “laughing gas.” It is designed to help make you feel more comfortable during certain procedures!
While on Nitrous Oxide, you will be able to hear and respond to requests from our Doctors, Hygienists, and Staff. Initially most people report experiencing tingling in their fingers and toes, followed by a broad feeling of calmness and comfort. The effects of Nitrous Oxide inhalation wear off a few minutes after the mask is removed.
Another way sedation can be achieved is through taking anti-anxiety pills or benzodiazepines. These medications are designed relieve anxiety to induce a state of calm. This results in most guests experiencing drowsiness and even twilight sleep!
It is important to remember that while these medications can help relieve anxiety, they are also able to decrease blood pressure and breathing rate. It is crucial to remember NOT to consume alcohol when taking these medicines. Also, we require that if you undergo sedation with anti-anxiety medicines, you are required to bring an escort that remains within the clinic through the duration of your procedure. Lastly, do NOT operate any heavy machinery or drive a car after taking these medications.
When Nitrous Oxide or anti-anxiety pills are not enough, we offer a 3rd, deeper form of sedation. To help facilitate Intravenous Sedation protocols, we bring in a Dental Anesthesiologist from outside to get you set and to continuously monitor your vitals and gradual entry into sedation. Intravenous sedation or IV Sedation involves precisely calculated doses of different medications being introduced into your system resulting in a sleep-like state for the duration of the procedure.
We recommend making sure to allocate additional time for the process of waking up from IV Sedation. As with anti-anxiety pills, we require that if you choose to undergo IV Sedation, you are required to bring an escort that remains within the clinic through the duration of your procedure. Please remember, do NOT operate any heavy machinery or drive a car after waking from your sedation experience.
Please call today to schedule your appointment and experience a new level of comfort with us!!