Is Sedation Dentistry for You?
Do your nerves seem to get the best of you at your dental appointment? Perhaps you notice your whole body tense up when you think of getting your teeth cleaned. You are not alone! Many people suffer from anxiety and fear when it comes to getting dental work done. At Rancho Dental, we pride ourselves in being able to offer to our patients the choice of Sedation Dentistry. Is this option for you?
Know the Difference
Sedation dentistry comes in many forms. At our office, we offer three: gas, oral conscious, and I.V. sedation
- Gas Sedation: Commonly known as Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas, this sedative agent is mixed with Oxygen and delivered through a mask. As you inhale, you will begin to feel its effects within a few minutes. Its purpose is to calm your nerves and help you to relax but not put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to the doctor’s directions and questions. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will wear off in a short period of time.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: This refers to a sedative in pill form that is taken orally. It will induce a state of deep relaxation and usually produces memory loss from the time the drug first kicks in until the time it wears off. This is a good option if you prefer not to remember the procedure! You will be directed to take an initial dose the evening before your procedure, as well as a second dose an hour before your procedure. Once you arrive at the dental office, you’re placed in a special chair for enhanced comfort. Your drowsiness is then assessed. We will monitor all vital signs with a pulse oximeter to ensure a safe visit.
- I.V. Sedation: If a patient has severe anxiety, this sedation option can be very effective. An anesthesiologist will sedate you intravenously so that you’re truly asleep. He will also monitor all vital signs while you are asleep to ensure a safe visit.
Safe, Effective, and Simple!
Here at Rancho Dental we want to keep your smile in the best shape possible! That is why we offer specialty dental services like Sedation Dentistry, in addition to our general, cosmetic, and preventative services. Whatever Sedation Dentistry option you choose, multiple visits can be condensed into a single safe and comfortable visit.