Dental phobia or anxiety is a primary reason for many patients deferring or even completely avoiding visits to the dentist’s office, despite requiring treatment. At Chandler Implants and Periodontics, we understand these concerns and take measures to ensure your comfort. We offer sedation dentistry at our Phoenix, AZ-area practice locations, including nitrous oxide, oral sedatives, and intravenous (IV) sedation, to help patients overcome anxiety. Whether you are interested in receiving dental implants or need to undergo another potentially complex or lengthy oral surgery procedure, our doctors focus on delivering a pleasant treatment experience for all our patients.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation?
In general, sedation is often recommended for patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety or are unable to control their movements. It is also suitable for patients who suffer from medical conditions that make it difficult for them to sit in a chair comfortably for prolonged periods of time, as well as those who have a sensitive gag reflex.
At our practice, Dr. Ryan S. Holbrook is certified in IV and oral sedation. In addition, our dentists work with on-site anesthesiologists who administer general anesthesia during lengthy and invasive oral surgeries, including dental implant placement.
Types of Sedation
The type of sedation you receive depends on the extent of treatment you will undergo. It is necessary to emphasize that sedation does not provide pain relief. Instead, sedatives induce a sleep- or dream-like state that alleviates anxiety, making it possible for patients to receive necessary dental care. Many patients find that they are unable to remember the unpleasant details of the procedure after undergoing sedation. To minimize discomfort in the treatment area, these medications are also combined with the injection of a local anesthetic.
Dr. Holbrook is certified in IV and oral sedation. In addition, our dentists work with on-site anesthesiologists who can administer general anesthesia.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of conscious sedation that is administered through a face mask. Patients often describe feeling giddy or euphoric after receiving nitrous oxide. The effects of the inhaled sedative wear off quickly, making it possible for patients to drive home afterward.
These sedatives are taken orally either the night before or an hour before your appointment. Oral conscious sedation induces a state of relaxation but patients can still respond to the doctor’s instructions. Patients need to make arrangements to be driven home since oral sedatives can results in grogginess for several hours.
As the name implies, IV sedation is administered directly into a vein. This option is usually used to achieve moderate sedation, however, we also work with specialists who can administer general anesthesia for deeper sedation. A trained anesthesiologist will continuously monitor the patient’s breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure throughout treatment, adjusting the sedation as needed. Patients need to be driven home after their appointment since they can expect to feel disoriented after receiving IV sedation.
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We are committed to providing the best care possible that also ensures patient safety and comfort. Contact us to learn more about sedation options available at our practice, and how the right type can help you undergo the care you want and need.