When we were young, going to the dentist was not a problem for most of us. We sat in a cool chair, we wore cool glasses, we were told we were doing a great job brushing our teeth and we maybe got a prize at the end. Life was good. Then we got older and the necessary procedures were not so fun. Anxiety is one of the top reasons people put off going to see the dentist, but Dr. Dan and his caring staff have the solution: sedation dentistry. They are very experienced in this treatment and can help diminish your anxiety about having dental work so that your teeth can be taken care of while you feel calm during your appointment. Dr. Dan offers three types of sedation: oral, IV and nitrous oxide (the gas that makes you giggle). You can look forward to painless dentistry and feel decreased anxiety about future procedures. Our staff is available to answer questions about treatment or costs so please don’t hesitate to contact us for a Free Consult. Your comfort and happiness are our prime focus as we treat your dental needs. Sedation dentistry is the perfect way to achieve this.
Dr. Dan Dental is happy to offer three types of sedation for any dental procedures that patients may be anxious about. The types of sedation for adults are:
Similar to taking Ativan for anxiety. Dr. Dan will review your medical history and prescribe an appropriate amount of oral sedative to be taken in the office, where you will then be monitored for an hour before starting the procedure. You will be monitored by a blood-pressure cuff and Pulse oximeter which measures the oxygen levels in your blood. You will require a ride home from this appointment, as well as a capable guardian to monitor you for 24-48 hours following. This is to ensure your safety after you leave our office. Your guardian will be given written instructions on how to care for you following oral sedation.
Less intense than General Anesthetic, IV Sedation is a combination of medications to suppress your consciousness. You are still able to breathe, and sometimes talk and have a conversation, but your memory will be limited and you may not remember any of the appointment. Dr. Dan and our Registered Nurse will review your medical history. You will be monitored by a blood-pressure cuff and Pulse oximeter which measures the oxygen levels in your blood. An IV will be started and, upon consultation with Dr. Dan, IV medications will be started. Our Registered Nurse will monitor you, your blood pressure, and your oxygen saturation and continuously consult with Dan throughout the procedure to administer more or less medication. After the procedure is finished, the drugs will “wear off” and you will be allowed to leave. You will require a ride home from this appointment, as well as a capable guardian to monitor you for 24-48 hours following. This is to ensure your safety after you leave our office. Your guardian will be given written instructions on how to care for you following IV Sedation.
Usually known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide works best on children. A small rubber nosepiece is fitted over their nose and through that, a mixture of nitrous gas and oxygen is administered. After a short amount of time, they should be relaxed enough to allow us to perform the procedure. Sometimes children will even fall asleep during the procedure! After we are done working on them, the gas is stopped and the child breathes in 100% pure oxygen for at least 5 minutes. Laughing gas is very safe to use on children, and once they breathe in the oxygen after the procedure the gas is out of their system.
It is required that patients do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to having any kind of sedation. If you have to take medication, they can be taken with a small sip of water. Any further instructions will be given to you at your consult appointment.
There is no referral necessary for sedation. A consult will be needed prior to your appointment, to give Dr. Dan an opportunity to review your medical history and accurately assess which type of sedation will work best for you. We offer Free Consults!
At Dr. Dan Dental, we strive to make your visits to the clinic as enjoyable as possible while we work with you to achieve optimal dental health. With our sedation options, we can bring calm to your appointments. We are here to take care of you and your teeth, and always happy to answer questions or concerns you may have about sedation or procedures.
Call Dr. Dan and his staff today to learn more about sedation dentistry (780) 929-3521.