Sedation dentistry is used by many dentists to provide a relaxing, calming experience for patients who are fearful of the dentists or having dental procedures performed. There are three different options in which sedation can be administered, such as oral, conscious or IV sedation. Dr. Lanier will provide the best method for you, to alleviate your fears!
Oral sedation (given by mouth) is a popular option for many people precisely because it does not require the use of needles. Approximately one hour prior to the appointment, the patient is asked to take a small pill which will make he or she feel drowsy. The patient must be escorted to the office. Once the procedure is ready to begin, the patient is comfortable and completely relaxed.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” is a sedative you inhale, has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years. It is a relatively poor pain reliever but a very good anti-anxiety medication. It is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over your nose. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a light-headed or even euphoric feeling.
While not as readily available in most dental offices, Dr. Lanier believes it is a valuable tool for ensuring a patient’s complete relaxation during a procedure.
Before beginning, sedatives delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (into the vein). Drugs administered by IV are far more effective than those taken orally because Dr. Lanier and the Anesthesiologist can control exactly how much is administered directly into the blood stream.
During the procedure, devices are placed on the patient to monitor their heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and breathing. The patient will be awake during the procedure, but on the edge of consciousness so he/she can still be awakened. However, the patient usually shows no signs of comprehensive of what is occurring and will not remember anything about the experience.