Dental procedures can be painful if not treated properly. This pain causes people to be afraid of going to the dentist even for cleaning and is a primary reason for dental phobia and not seeking dental treatments. For a virtually painless dental procedure, Implants and Periodontics offers sedation dentistry in the Phoenix, AZ area. Some of the types of sedation we offer at our four practice locations include:
- Nitrous oxide.
- Oral sedatives.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation.
Whether you desire dental implants or need periodontics work done, you can rest assured that we have the qualified staff to treat your anxiety and pain as well as any dental issues. We’ll make you as calm and keep you as pain-free as possible.
Who Benefits From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is frequently recommended for people who have dental phobias or anxiety. Sedation dentistry works exceptionally well in cases where you may have medical issues that keep you from being still for significant periods of time, or if you have a touchy gag reflex. Our doctor, Dr. Ryan S. Holbrook remains the choice for you to make if you are going to need sedation dentistry. He is certified in both IV and oral sedation. Our dental clinic also offers fully qualified on-site anesthesiologists to provide patients with general anesthesia for some procedures, especially if lengthy surgeries are expected to occur.
Types of Sedation
The type of sedation you’ll need usually depends upon the type of dental procedure you are having done. Sedation doesn’t relieve pain, but it does produce a dream-like or sleep-like state that relaxes patients and allows them to be treated without stress. To increase the level of comfort for our patients, we also add injected local anesthetics.
Laughing gas or nitrous oxide remains a type of conscious sedation that is given through a face mask. Patients who receive nitrous for a procedure report feeling giddy when the gas is provided. One of the primary benefits of using nitrous oxide for sedation is that it wears off quickly. Patients can safely drive home after the nitrous has worn off.
This type of sedation is taken by mouth either the night previous to an appointment, or an hour before the appointment occurs. Patients using oral sedation will feel very relaxed during treatment but still be able to hear and follow the doctor’s requests. Using oral sedation means that someone will need to drive you home after your appointment because grogginess lasts for a few hours.
IV sedation goes directly into a vein and achieves a moderate level of sedation. If you need general anesthetic for more profound sedation, our offices have anesthesiologists to administer the required medications. These anesthesiologists also monitor their patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing while the procedure progresses to keep their patient’s safe. If you choose general anesthetic for your dental procedure, you’ll need to have someone drive them home afterward, because you’ll be disoriented due to the sedation used.
Learn More about Your Sedation Options
One of our main concerns in our practice is that our patients are at ease and comfortable as much as is possible during their treatments. Please contact us to learn more about the types of sedation dentistry offered at our practice. Don’t let dental phobia stop you from having the best smile possible. Contact one of our offices today for more information and to set up a consultation with one of our dental specialists.