Nitrous Oxide Sedation
There are several different methods that can be used in sedation dentistry to calm the anxious individual and remove the element of fear over the procedure about to be performed. Nitrous oxide sedation is a safe method of dealing with anxiety in patients of all ages. With this type of sedation, the patient is still awake during the procedure but in a very calm state of mind. For those with a sensitive gag reflex or low tolerance to pain, this method will work quite well.
Pregnant women and the very young who cannot understand the procedure are not candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. It also would not be the appropriate method for you if you are uncomfortable with anything around your nose, as nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal hood. Continuous monitoring will be done throughout the procedure, and patients are advised not to have anything to eat at least two hours before the treatment.
If you have been putting off going to the dentist because you are scared of what goes on during the treatments, you don’t have to any more. We offer several sedation dentistry methods that will put you completely at ease during the treatments.
Intravenous Sedation - Twilight Sleep
For the extremely fearful individual, twilight sleep is a very effective method of sedation. Drugs are directly administered into the vein to produce deep sedation. The patient is closely monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure. The patient will be conscious during treatment but will most likely not even remember what took place. For those who are interested in this method of sedation, it should be noted that someone will be needed to drive you home after the procedure.
Patients with special needs, such as those with medical or developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and the elderly, can also be treated for dental issues. Some of the special needs that can be handled successfully include: heart disease, liver and kidney problems, cancer, blood disorders, lung problems, neurological problems such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and other disorders afflicting the elderly, epilepsy, mental retardation and other developmental disorders, autism, cerebral palsy, immune disorders, HIV, phobias regarding dental care, extreme fear of dental treatments, and other conditions that might make it difficult for a patient to receive treatment.