At Progressive Implantology & Periodontics, our periodontists and oral surgeons are certified in sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can help you feel calm and relaxed in the dental chair while we work on giving you a healthy smile.
Patient comfort is our biggest concern. If you fear needles, have sensitive teeth or just dread dental procedures, talk to us about your worries. Sedation dentistry can help you deal with dental phobias, and alleviate the discomfort and fear that are often barriers to receiving care.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment. Nearly all patients can have nitrous oxide and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. It's one of the safest anti-anxiety techniques available.
During your dental procedure, nitrous oxide is administered by placing a soft rubber hood over your nose through which you receive the gas. You simply breathe in and out through your nose as you would normally breathe. If you are like most patients, you'll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment, the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation, also known as sleep dentistry, involves prescribing a sedative drug to be taken by mouth about an hour before your planned procedure. When the medication takes effect, you will become extremely relaxed and drift into a sleep-like state. Our experienced team will continue to monitor you throughout the entire appointment. Once the medication wears off, most patients feel no discomfort or residual effects from the medication.
Oral sedation is safe and effective, but can last for several hours after the appointment. It is important to remember that on the day of the appointment you will need someone to bring you to our office, take you home and stay with you until you have completely recovered.
IV sedation works much like oral conscious sedation except that the drugs are administered intravenously. With IV sedation, the effects are felt much quicker than with oral sedation.