Sedation Dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is commonly used for procedures that take longer to complete, for patients that have dental anxiety, or find it hard to stay still for a prolonged amount of time. The American Dental Association (ADA) endorses sedation dentistry as a resource to making patients feel comfortable while receiving treatment.
It is vital that you tell Dr. Chavez about any medications or medical treatments you are using before beginning a procedure with sedation dentistry. We will let you know about the process of sedation before you begin you treatment and give you instructions for post-sedation treatment.
Types of Sedation
Oral Conscious Sedation
Patients will be in a relaxed state of conscious to lessen pain and discomfort with the use of sedatives and pain relievers. You will still be able to speak and respond to questions during oral conscious sedation and will be able to let us know if you are feeling any pain, even if you do not remember most, or any of the treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
More commonly known as 'laughing gas', nitrous oxide is used during visits when necessary. Nitrous oxide, mixed with oxygen, has an effect that will calm any patients that have anxiety about their procedure. After the procedure is complete, you will be administered just oxygen to flush out any remaining nitrous oxide in your system, and the effects will wear off completely soon thereafter.