Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It's sometimes referred to as "sleep dentistry," although that's not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.
The levels of sedation we offer include:
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide helps alleviate anxiety. Nitrous oxide is not an anesthetic, however, so a local anesthetic will also be used. The effects of the gas only last for the duration of your dental appointment, once your appointment is completed you will be feeling refreshed and ready for your day. We have the option for an oral anti-anxiety medication that is available which would necessitate have a driver.
Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Generally, IV sedation is used for longer treatments. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn.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.
Can you really relax in a dental Chair? If you have a high anxiety to not step in the dentist office to take care of your dental needs.. You are not alone. Dr. Ferguson offers I.V. Sedation to help patients relax during any dental procedure.