Sedation dentistry offers our patients to have their dental work done comfortably while relaxing. There are a few levels of sedation dentistry that we offer. For most patients, conscious sedation via nitrous oxide – also known as “laughing gas” – is enough to help take the “edge” off getting extensive dental care. If you need complex procedures done, this is a great option to help relax your body during a dental procedure.
Dr. Avi Israeli at Sage Dental NJ in Wall Township, New Jersey is highly experienced with offering sleep dentistry to our patients. Whether you are anxious or just a little nervous about having comprehensive work done, be sure to ask our doctor about the sedation options available at our office.
What are the advantages of using Nitrous Oxide?
One of the major benefits is the rapid onset and short duration of the effect. In other words, you could drive yourself to the office and leave shortly after your appointment without needing someone else to come in with you. This is one of the milder alternatives with the quickest recovery time. When we are completed with the procedures, we give you oxygen without the nitrous to breath, and that flushes the nitrous oxide out of your system. It basically neutralizes the effects of the N2O2. Within a few minutes after being off the nitrous, you should be alert enough to drive home safely.
What if I need more than just Nitrous Oxide?
Some of our patients undergoing extensive surgeries like to be “knocked out” for their treatment. In these cases, we would add additional medications into the regime and this would require someone to drive you to and stay with you and drive you home to be with you after surgery since, most patients leave a little groggy or tired afterwards.
What are the advantages of using sedation dentistry?
- The length of the procedure tends to go quicker both in relation to the patient perception, but also in terms of cooperation and ability to get treatment done quicker.
- Because it helps to relax your body, there is less body ache from sitting in one position for a longer period of time.
- Being sedated means we often need to use less anesthetic to perform your dental work. This can help minimize post-surgical soreness or numbness as well.
- This is great when we need to do more than one quadrant of dentistry at a time. We can get more done in less time.
Is Sedation Dentistry safe?
- Regardless of the type of sedation we give you, your body will be closely monitored by professionals to make sure you are comfortable and safe at all times.
- Nitrous oxide is great because it is safe for all ages. We will not use it if you are pregnant or recently had a baby and are nursing, just for your safety and that of your baby.
What is Intravenous Sedation?
Intravenous Sedation, also referred to as IV Sedation, is used when we would like more profound sedation and most patients will sleep right through the appointment. Because the effects are quite quick, and it allows you to fully relax, we might suggest this option for more advanced procedures that involve more extensive surgery. The medical precautions and health of the patient is more critical to evaluate and assess prior to doing any IV sedation procedures.
Unlike nitrous, the patients are usually a little tired and groggy after the procedure and therefore, we require another responsible adult to come in and stay with you before, during and after the procedure and be able to drive you home. The sedative effects can last up to 24 hours in some cases. Any after-treatment medications recommended will be suggested that you acquire PRIOR to your visit instead of having to concern yourself about going to a pharmacy after the surgery.
Your safety is always our top priority. At your appointment, be sure to let us know and discuss with us:
- Any prescription medications or over-the-counter medications you may be currently taking, specifically related to osteoporosis or anticoagulants.
- Any nutritional supplements or herbal supplements you are using
- Any allergies or reactions you might have or had in the past, particularly with any medication
- Any health conditions you currently have that we should know about
- Any specific questions or concerns you may have about your treatment or about using sedation dentistry
For more information about using sedation dentistry with your next treatment, Contact US today at Sage Dental and Sage Spa.