In the realm of dental care, stillness and calmness may elude many adults, making the experience challenging. Some may harbor apprehensions or unease about dental visits. However, with the gift of sedation options, we promise to cocoon you in comfort, ensuring a serene and relaxed journey throughout your appointment, transforming every dental visit into a truly positive and stress-free experience.
You might need sedation dentistry if you’re slated for a long and complicated procedure that involves some degree of invasiveness. The same goes for if you have chronic dental anxiety, phobia, or an overly sensitive gag reflex. Sedation will help calm your nerves, so you can have a smooth procedure at your dentist in Mesa without interruptions. It also decreases pain sensitivity for patients with pain hypersensitivity.
Sedation is a safe and effective way to stay comfortable and anxiety-free during treatment.
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We offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, sedation for children and patients undergoing minor surgery. The dentist will cover your nose and mouth with a face mask connected to the laughing gas supply. They’ll turn on the gas supply, and you should feel relaxed and euphoric minutes after inhaling it.
We also offer oral conscious sedation, where you only have to take a sedative in pill or syrup form. Sedatives we use in oral sedation include diazepam and triazolam, among others. Dentists may also recommend IV sedation, where we administer the sedative directly into your bloodstream using an IV drip.
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First, the dentist will call you in for a consultation before any sedation. The consultation will involve a thorough review of your dental and medical history. The dentist will closely examine your records for allergies, chronic conditions, and medication you’re currently under.
Next, the dentist will select the best sedation type for your dental procedure. Their selection is based on your age, medical history, tolerance to sedatives, and the length and complexity of the dental procedure. Common examples of sedation techniques used in dentistry include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and intravenous sedation.
The dentist will then administer the sedative as per standard sedation dentistry practice. This may be through a face mask for laughing gas sedation or an IV drip for intravenous sedation. Patients undergoing oral sedation will take a pill or a syrup, and the sedative effects will kick in within an hour.
After administering the sedation, the dentist proceeds with the dental procedure as per the treatment plan. They’ll closely monitor your vitals during the procedure, checking for abnormal readings. The vitals in question are your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing patterns, and temperature. Dentists will stop the sedation should they notice unusual readings.
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Yes, the dentist will keep a keen eye on you during the procedure to avoid complications. The vital signs the dentist will keep an eye on include blood pressure, heart rate, breathing patterns, and oxygen saturation. They might have to stop the procedure, should they notice any unusual readings until you stabilize.