A Safe Solution for Dental Anxiety
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful and safe solution for those with dental anxiety, very sensitive teeth, or those in need of extensive dental work. Sedation dentistry is designed to help you relax throughout your visit, while our team of cosmetic dentists complete any necessary dental work. To minimize any risks or complications, we will go over any of the following:
- Your medical history and any current medication you are taking to be certain that you are a fitting candidate for sedation.
- The appropriate dose for the sedative based on your overall health and age.
- The overall experience and knowledge of the dentist administering the sedatives
- Any risks associated with the procedure
Oral sedation often ranges from minimal to moderate, depending on the total dose given. For minimal sedation, a pill is usually enough. Although oral sedation pills can make you drowsy, you’ll remain awake during the procedure.
With a face mask, the patient breathes “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide combined with oxygen) to help him or her relax. During this time, the dentist controls the amount of sedation received, and the gas will usually wear off quickly. This is the only type of sedation where patients are able to drive themselves home after the dental procedure.
Deep Sedation & General Anesthesia
General anesthesia makes you almost unconscious during the procedure. Under general anesthesia, you cannot be easily awakened until its effects wear off. Regardless of the type of deep sedation used, a local anesthetic is used to bring numbing sensation or relieve pain at the site your dentist is working on, especially if the procedure causes discomfort.
You will be amazed at how much dental work can be accomplished while you are sedated. In fact, regular dental work that may require four to six visits can be done in one visit. Our team can replace broken crowns, repair chipped or damaged teeth, fix bridges, heal painful gums, and more.
Schedule a visit with Premier Dental Care of Idaho Falls ID and we will take care of your dental needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be very relaxed and possibly could fall asleep, but you will be responsive with little or no memory of the dental work.
Will I feel pain or discomfort?
Most of our patients feel no discomfort or pain during the dental procedure and are surprised when told the dental work is complete.
How long will I be sedated?
The amount of time is dependent upon what dental work is done. Sedation can last anywhere from two to six hours.
Can I drive myself home after sedation dentistry?
Due to the effects of sedation dentistry, it is best if you have someone drive you to the dental appointment and home after the procedure.
Am I monitored during sedation dentistry?
Yes, our team monitors you at all times.