A Full Range of Sedation Dentistry Options
When patients need the kind of extensive work Dr. Zaman is exceptional at providing, sedation dentistry is a must. Our practice is one of the few in the state that is qualified to administer both oral sedation and IV sedation. We also use nitrous oxide or laughing gas when only lighter sedation is needed.
A professional anesthesiologist administers IV sedation during your care, which is all done right here in our office. IV sedation can provide the highest level of sedation and has the quickest time to take effect. It allows us to have more control over the level of your sedation, which is a big advantage over simply taking a pill. With this method, most people won’t remember their procedure, and time seems to fly by. An hour appointment will literally seem like two minutes. The medication is administered directly into the bloodstream, producing deep sedation and an unawareness of the procedure. The level of sedation is very accurate and safe, and you’ll have no memory of your visit. The technique can be used for long appointments that involve more extensive dental work, as well as to alleviate the concerns of fearful patients.
If you prefer a lighter level of sedation, or your treatment allows for it, we offer an oral conscious sedation option. You simply take a pill an hour before your appointment. As you sit in the dental chair, you gradually reach a very relaxed level of sedation but can still respond to any questions the doctor may ask. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs are monitored. And when your work is completed, you have a friend or family member drive you home. In about an hour, you will be back to normal.
Some people have a greater fear of being “knocked out.” It is important to know you are not completely “put under,” like you would be for surgery. You are sedated just enough to forget the procedure, but still maintain control of perception of what is going on around you. This type of sedation relieves you of stress and lets you feel comfortable about the work being performed.
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is a lighter sedation option that is inhaled through a mask. You breathe in the medication, which induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain in most cases.