We use advanced sedation dentistry for a wide variety of in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are comfortable, calm and relaxed through any dental treatment or dental procedure. Our team will work closely with you to assess what fears you may have and determine a treatment option that feels comfortable for you.
The Purpose of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation refers to medicine that is designed to reduce physical pain associated with treatment or to reduce anxiety and help you feel more relaxed while dental work is being completed. This makes the experience more pleasant and ensures our staff can perform their duties more effectively. We offer dental sedation in local anesthesia, oral sedation, and laughing gas. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.
What is laughing gas and what does it do?
Laughing gas is Nitrous Oxide and is commonly used as a local sedation method. It’s colorless and odorless and its usefulness stems from its ability to quickly work and safely reverse its effects. It is a widely considered safe dental sedation method.
What type of anesthesia are used for dental work?
The most common types of anesthesia and sedation used (in addition to Laughing Gas) are local anesthesia, oral (pill) sedation, and IV sedation.
- Local anesthesia is a numbing medication that is injected directly into the area that is to be treated—usually near the gums around the tooth being treated. Local anesthesia does not affect your mental state or make you sleepy.
- Oral (pill) sedation is a deeper level of sedation than Laughing Gas, but also very safe. You take a pill approximately one hour before your procedure begins so by the time the dentist begins working, you feel much more relaxed. This is a service we offer, so ask us about how you can make your visit a more pleasant experience!
- IV sedation produces an even more profound level of sedation that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive appointments like full mouth dental extractions, multiple dental implants, major bone grafting, or other surgical procedures. If you feel like you need this option, then please talk to us.
If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.