We specialize in Sedation Dentistry and Sleep Dentistry
, treating people with dental phobias and anxieties. We offer different types of sedation dentistry. These include administering oral sedation, a pill and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). In this way the patient and the dentist are comfortable providing and receiving the best possible dental care-safe, and free of stress and pain.
Anxiolysis is a form of oral sedation using a light sedative, such as valium. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but any tension and anxiety will fade away. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure as well. After the procedure you will even be able to drive yourself home since anxiolysis uses a light sedative.
We offer options to ease your feelings of fear or dental anxiety. Oral conscious sedation involves taking a pill that will allow you to feel relaxed and at ease. Oral conscious sedation does not "knock you out" like some other forms of anesthesia. You will remain awake during your procedure, but you will be in a heightened state of relaxation. It is also possible that you will not remember part, or all, of your procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is extremely safe and easy. You are able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure. It also makes long or complex procedures seem shorter, allowing you to have all of your work done in a single visit. As an added precaution a local anesthetic will be given to the area that is being worked on to ensure that there is no pain. You will need to have someone drive you to and from the office if you use oral conscious sedation for your safety.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. You will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, leaving you to sit back peacefully while your dental procedure is performed. In most cases all dental work can be completed in one visit while you are sedated. Nitrous oxide sedation is extremely safe and effective. Once the procedure is completed, the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and you will most probably be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities. Please contact our office to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation.Pre-Operative Nitrous Oxide
During your scheduled appointment, the doctor will administer Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas). You will be fully conscious and have all your natural reflexes. We encourage you to come wearing loose and comfortable clothes. Please come fasting from food and liquids, two hours prior to your appointment. Please let us know; if you have cough, congestion, or any condition that makes breathing difficult, we will reschedule your appointment. It is important for us to know if you are taking any other prescriptions, over the counter, or herbal medications. You will be monitored for your blood pressure, respiration, and oxygen saturation.Post-Operative Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) sedation is very safe, and has minimal side effects. The effects dissipate within 3 minutes after it is terminated, and oxygen is administered to flush out any remaining nitrous oxide. You may feel tired for a short time, but will be able to resume normal activity upon dismissal. If you feel nauseous, experience vomiting, or have any other unusual symptoms, please call the office. If local anesthesia is administered during procedure, please wait until numbness has worn off before eating solid foods. Drinking liquids is fine. If the patient is a child, please make sure to watch them, and try to prevent them from biting on their cheeks, lips, and tongue. If an extraction is performed, please read the instructions on extractions. In case of emergency, please call the office at (508) 697-2686. If our doctors cannot be reached, please call 911.