We utilize sedation dentistry for various in-house services. Our aim is to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during any dental treatment.
The Purpose of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation helps relieve pain and anxiety associated with dental procedures, making the experience more comfortable. Sedation also allows our team to work more efficiently. We offer nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, and minimal sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation.
A consultation is required before minimal sedation appointments to confirm your medical history and discuss policies and procedures. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have, at this time. A driver is required to take patients to and from minimal sedation appointments, so it is beneficial for them to come to the consultation as well.
Your Dental Sedation Options
Nitrous (laughing gas) is a safe and effective sedation technique that is quickly administered through a patient’s nose. After inhaling the gas, you will feel a sense of relaxation and a reduction in sensation. The effects of the sedation will end approximately five minutes after the procedure is complete. This makes nitrous oxide an ideal choice for those who need to drive to and from their appointment without any worries.
Minimal Sedation or Oral Sedation is a type of sedation that provides you with a more relaxed experience during your appointment. You will take medication anywhere from 12 hours to 1 hour before the appointment. By the time of the appointment, you will be awake, but very sleepy and will have no sensation of pain. This method of sedation is slightly more potent and is usually only available to generally healthy people who have a driver to take them to and from the appointment.
What types of anesthesia are used for dental work?
The most common types of anesthesia used are local anesthesia and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is a numbing medication that is injected directly in the area that is to be treated—usually the gums around an effected tooth. In contrast, general anesthesia produces a more profound experience that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive procedures like tooth extraction, dental implants or other surgical procedures and the patient is unconscious during the process.
What restrictions do I have after receiving minimal sedation?
If you receive sedation, there are certain restrictions you should be aware of. The most important restriction is that you should not drive the day you receive sedation. Additionally, you should not go up or down stairs or make any important decisions.
If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by LuxeSmile Dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.