What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is the process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives. Patients have the ability to choose which sedation best suites them. Our patients are able to choose between the following:
- Nitrous gas (laughing gas)
- Oral sedation
- Intravenous injection (IV)
Our office administers these sedation methods in the care of a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist). Each patient can choose an alternative that is right for them.
What is Nitrous Gas?
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide sometimes called “laughing gas”, is one option for sedation.
How Does Nitrous Gas Sedation Work?
The gas, combined with oxygen, is breathed in through the nose and it helps you relax. The dentist controls the amount of sedation you will receive and the gas wears off quickly after your treatment is complete.
Benefits of Nitrous Gas Sedation
Nitrous gas is the only type of sedation that allows you to drive yourself to and from our office safely.
What Is Oral Sedation?
Oral sedation dentistry is the administration of oral sedative drugs in combination with the nitrous gas. This is a recommendation for patients that experience fear or anxiety. The dentist prescribes a sedation drug, such as Triazolam, Ativan, or Valium.
How Does Oral Sedation Work?
The patient will generally take a dose of the prescribed medication an hour before their appointment and bring the remaining of the prescription with them to the appointment. The patient will be monitored closely and placed on nitrous oxide during the procedure. Many times the patient will fall asleep during the procedure but can easily be awakened.
With oral sedation, it is important that the patient is not left alone for 24 hours. It is extremely important for the patient to have a companion to drive them to and from the appointment, as well, as assist them when they return home.
What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?
Intravenous sedation is medication delivered through a very small needle placed in either the top of your hand or within your inner elbow. This type of sedation is designed to make patients completely comfortable and eliminate any anxiety patients may be having. We have well trained certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA), who travel to our office to administer IV sedation and who monitor patients throughout their appointments.
This type of sedation is comparable to that, administered during a colonoscopy procedure and is not general anesthesia. Patients will need to have a companion with them to drive to and from the appointment and assist them for the next 24 hours.
IV Sedation Patient Testimonial
Schedule a consultation
For more information about Sedation Dentistry and the services we offer, call 225-635-4422 to schedule a consultation. Sullivan Dental Center serves St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Zachary, and surrounding areas.