Sedation Dentistry in Gainesville
In addition to providing patients a friendly, welcoming environment and working hard to make them feel comfortable, the Exceptional Dentistry team also offers sedation dentistry solutions to help patients feel completely comfortable and free from stress or pain. If you’d like to find out more about dental sedation, contact our Gainesville, FL team today. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have or reserve a time to discuss your treatment options.
Dr. Mowery didn’t fix this mess overnight.
It took a little while because he had to cure gum disease, do some bone grafting, place a few implants, and polish it off with some gorgeous porcelain crowns and veneers. He's really good and he's really gentle, but I opted for the sedation every time. What can I say? I'm still a first rate chicken when it comes to the dentist.
Who Should Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may want to consider dental sedation:
- Do you experience fear or anxiety prior to visiting the dentist or while you’re in our office?
- Do you have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone?
- Do you have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes?
- Are you afraid of needles?
- Do you want to complete numerous procedures in a single office visit?
Oral Conscious Sedation
For patients who experience extreme dental phobia, oral conscious sedation can be very beneficial because patients take the sedative medication before they ever leave home. Sedatives are taken in pill form about an hour before the procedure. By the time patients reach our practice, they are already in a state of deep sedation. Because sedatives have a long lasting effect, patients will need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our office. Throughout treatment, we’ll monitor patients’ vitals to ensure their safety. During the procedure, patients will be awake but very relaxed. In most cases, patients are able to respond to questions as necessary during their appointment, but once the effects have worn off, they are unlikely to remember their visit.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
One of the longest used and most popular forms of sedation, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask and creates a euphoric effect that earned it the nickname, “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is ideal for patients with mild anxiety or phobia, those who need extra help numbing in addition to local anesthesia, and those who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes. The fast acting sedative relaxes patients within a few minutes of administration, dosage is quickly and easily adjusted throughout treatment, and best of all, the sedative effects wear away just as quickly as they set in. That means patients can drive themselves to and from our office and go back to their regular routine directly following their appointment. We may use nitrous oxide in combination with oral conscious sedation to ensure patient comfort and relaxation throughout even the most advanced treatments.
IV sedation is the deepest form of sedative we offer. One step below general anesthesia which renders patients fully unconscious, IV sedation allows patients to deeply relax and enter a twilight state of near sleep. While under the sedative, patients will have dramatically decreased pain response and remain very relaxed. Like nitrous oxide sedation, the sedative can be adjusted by the dentist throughout the procedure to allow patients to rest peacefully. We’ll administer the sedative intravenously. That means we inject the sedative into the blood stream. While under the effect of the sedative, we’ll monitor patients’ vital signs to ensure safety. After the procedure, patients need to have a friend or family member drive them home. They should also plan to rest for at least 12 hours following treatment.
There are numerous benefits to IV sedation, including the following:
- Unlike oral medications that take an hour or more to become effective, IV sedation takes effect quickly.
- The dentist is able to adjust dosage throughout treatment to ensure patients remain comfortable.
- Because the treatment is administered entirely under the doctor’s care, IV sedation is safe and effective.
- Patients typically remain awake and responsive during treatment, though they are very relaxed.
- In most cases, patients don’t remember much or any of their treatment.