At Tobias Family Dentistry we offer various forms of Sedation Dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is one of the safest and most popular forms of sedation available. Nitrous oxide works very quickly – it reaches the brain within 20 seconds and relaxation and pain-killing properties develop after 2 to 3 minutes. The desired Nitrous Oxide / Oxygen mix (usually 50% of each) is fed through a tube to which a nasal hood is attached. This hood is placed over your nose. All you have to do now is breath normally through your nose. This is the only sedation method that the patient is allowed to drive home after the procedure on their own and can resume normal activities immediately.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral Sedation Dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United State to extinguish patient fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation. The patient is given a sedative pill to take by mouth the night before the appointment and also the morning prior to their appointment. By their appointment time, the patient is in a relaxed state and remains calm and free of anxiety during the procedure. Using this method of sedation requires the patient to be driven to and from the appointment.
Deep Conscious Sedation
Deep Conscious Sedation ( I.V. Sedation) this option is utilized only on patients with severe dental anxiety or for patients that require extensive treatment and want to complete treatment in the shortest amount of time. The anesthesia is administered, monitored and concluded by a licensed anesthesia provider, through a company called Stat Anethesia Specialist They come to our office to perform their services. Patients must be accompanied by another person who will be responsible for driving the patient home after the appointment. With this method of sedation the patient is kept more deeply sedated, than with inhalation sedation, throughout the entire procedure. Patients do maintain their own breathing. The medication takes effect almost immediately and recovery does take a while longer then inhalation sedation. The amnesia effect can also be more profound with this form of sedation.
Please visit the Stat Anesthesia Specialists website for further information regarding their services.