Dental sedation is an important and integral part of dental treatment. For most patients, local anesthesia or freezing is all that they need. For others, treatment is not possible without some way to relax, reduce fears or anxieties, decrease pain, discomfort, and awareness, and works exceptionally well for those who have a high gag reflex.
The Sedation options offered at Dr. Lobb’s office include:
Oral Sedation involves commonly swallowing a sedative pill or placing it below your tongue. As the oral sedative can affects everyone differently and typically you will need someone to assist you by driving you home and staying with you for the remainder of the day.
Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen Sedation – ‘Laughing Gas’
The nitrous oxide works quickly to relax patients, this mild sedative/analgesic agent effectively manages your anxiety and discomfort during your dental visit. The gas mixture is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose and most patients feel its effect in minutes. Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep, you can hear and respond to the dentists questions or instructions. Nitrous oxide effects can be easily increased or decreased as is needed, and when your dentistry is completed, the effects quickly diminish after the machine administering the sedation is turned off.
Oral sedation with Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen
Works an alternative to the options above at a slightly deeper level of sedation. We call this level of sedation moderate sedation.
Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation
Often the best option for those with high anxiety or when the dental procedures are more involved, such as tooth extraction, wisdom teeth removal, bone and soft tissue grafting or long root canal or crown procedures. I.V. sedation does not put you fully to sleep but is does make you less aware of your surroundings. You can still respond to verbal commands or a gentle nudging. Both sedative and analgesic drugs are administered intravenously in a vein in you arm or hand. Your vital signs will be fully monitored, just like in a hospital. This level of sedation involves three persons: the dentist who administers the sedation and does your treatment, and Registered Nurse who monitors and looks after your wellbeing and a Registered Dental Assistant who assist with the procedure.
If you are looking for information for how you can prepare for dental sedation, then click here to see our Preparing for Your Dental Sedation Appointment page. If you have wondered what the science behind Sedation dentistry is, then view our blog here.
Before any sedation appointment, Dr Lobb and the Lobb Dental team will review your needs, and will provide you with important and appropriate information for how to prepare yourself before, during and after any sedation.