Sedation

Our office is committed to making your periodontal and implant therapy a comfortable experience.

We provide various options of sedation when undergoing treatment. They range from mild forms such as Nitrous Oxide or oral sedation, to conscious IV sedation with a certified nurse anesthetist. These options will be discussed to meet your individual needs during your consultation and treatment planning.

Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, is a convenient form of mild sedation. It is very safe and can be used during most procedures. It is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. You are able to drive yourself to and from your dental appointment safely because it clears out of your system in a matter of minutes. You can decide the day of treatment to use this form of sedation. There is an additional fee for using Nitrous Oxide.

Oral Sedation is a safe, affordable form of sedation that involves a prescription. Our office routinely prescribes Halcion, which is similar to Valium, but leaves your system in less time. When using this form of sedation you take one pill an hour prior to your dental appointment. You must have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment. It is recommended that someone stay with you for several hours after you return home until the effects of the sedative wear off. Patients who use this form of sedation often do not remember their appointment, which can be an added benefit.

If your periodontal surgery is performed under intravenous sedation the doctor and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will be present throughout your scheduled appointment. Each year CRNA’s provide approximately 27 million sedation procedures for patients  undergoing surgery. CRNA’s stay with their patients throughout their procedure monitoring their vital signs, and adjusting their medications to ensure the safest, most comfortable anesthesia experience.

This form of sedation requires you to have someone drive you to and from your appointment, and they should stay with you for the remainder of that day. There is an additional charge for IV sedation determined by the length of your appointment.

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