If you suffer from any level of dental anxiety, we want you to know that you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia that prevents them from seeking the oral healthcare they need. We want you to know that all of your questions and concerns will be addressed and taken seriously, and we will never begin treatment without your full understanding and agreement. Our team is gentle and compassionate to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable in our care. If you need a little extra help relaxing or committing to treatment, we are happy to offer sedation options to help you get the care you need, comfortably. Imagine having all your dental work done in a single appointment, that only felt like a few minutes!
Nitrous oxide is commonly known as laughing gas and is the safest and most widely used form of sedation. Nitrous oxide is administered through a small face mask that fits comfortably over your nose and mouth. You will breathe in through the mask, a combination of nitrous and oxygen. The gas smells and tastes slightly sweet, and you will quickly begin to feel very relaxed.
The effects are fast acting, and the level of nitrous can be easily adjusted. Nitrous is great for patients with mild to moderate anxiety, for routine appointments or complex treatments. One of the best things about nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off quickly, within five minutes of regular breathing. This means you are free to drive yourself home with no residual effects.
Oral conscious sedation uses an oral sedative (prescription medication) in combination with nitrous oxide to help patients relax in the dental chair. Oral conscious sedation is a heavier form of sedation that leaves patients with little to no memory of their appointment. Oral conscious sedation is different than a general anesthetic, as you will be awake and able to breathe and speak on your own.
A pre-sedation appointment is required to gather important information including health history regarding vitals and respiratory health. Your sedative prescription will be given at this appointment, as well as any prescriptions needed for after treatment. Oral conscious sedation requires patients have a physical exam from a primary care physician that is less than a year old.
This form of sedation requires transportation to and from the appointment.
IV sedation is administered, as you might have guessed, intravenously. IV sedation produces a deeper level of sedation than oral conscious methods, and the level of sedation is more easily adjusted. IV sedation is faster acting, and the recovery time is quicker than oral sedation as well. You will have no memory of the treatment provided, although you will be able to breathe on your own.
IV sedation is ideal for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety who are in need of more invasive procedures or extensive treatments. IV sedation is performed in our office by a licensed nurse anesthetist and requires an evaluation by the nurse prior to the day of treatment.
Similar to oral conscious sedation, IV sedation requires a physical from a primary care doctor that is less than a year old. IV sedation also requires the patient to have someone drive them to and from the appointment.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or would like to schedule a visit with your McPherson sedation dentist, Dr. Wince and Dr. Jeffers-Jader at Wince Family Dental Associates, give us a call today or schedule a visit online! Serving our friends, family and neighbors in McPherson, Wichita, Salina, Newton, Hutchinson, and beyond.