During any discussion about major dental treatments the question of sedation frequently comes up. Though local anesthesia (Novocain) is generally sufficient for maintaining comfort during your procedure we work with you to create a relaxing environment in several different ways. Among these are soothing décor, pillows, blankets, private music and videos. We also offer a variety of sedation options for patients who are experiencing a high level of anxiety about their procedure.
The purpose of any dental sedation method is to ensure that the patient is physically and emotionally relaxed during the procedure. When performing dental implant procedures it is normal to utilize one of several different sedation methods. The three methods most frequently used are nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Please see an explanation of each method below.
Dr. Foroughi is a certified and trained in both Nitrous Oxide and Oral sedation and will help you determine the right sedation dentistry method for you.
Nitrous oxide is a very safe form of sedation. It is inhaled and the effects start within a few seconds. It can be adjusted quickly if a patient is too light or too deep. Also, after a few minutes without the gas, it is safe to drive home. It has very little side effects and hardly any effects on the kidneys, liver, brain, and more.
Nitrous oxide makes many people feel happy and warm. It causes a lot of people to laugh so it is often called laughing gas. It is great for sedation when a person is nervous at the dentist. It is also a great pain relief.
Not many dentists use nitrous oxide analgesia anymore. We would be glad to use it if you are extremely nervous or you need some pain relief during your procedure. Our goal is to keep you as relaxed as possible, no matter what procedure that we are performing.
Oral sedation or anxiolysis can provide a higher degree of sedation than nitrous oxide. As the name implies this is a medication that is taken by mouth just prior to your dental appointment. A variety of medications including Valium and Halcion may be used for this purpose. Oral sedation is quite effective for many people. However, because the effect of oral sedatives varies from patient to patient, Dr. Foroughi will discuss this option with you to determine if it is right for you.
The sedative used provides deep relaxation. Applied intravenously, the sedative takes effect immediately, and we can administer more medication throughout treatment as needed to deepen the effect. The amnesia effect is virtually total so that there is no memory of treatment. If this the type of sedation needed, Dr. Foroughi will refer you to a dentist or specialist who is certified for IV Sedation.