We totally understand that not everyone is 100% OK with a trip to our office. It’s not a surprise to us that lots of people get a little bit nervous, sometimes they have terrible nerves – that’s perfectly fine! Because we value our patient’s comfort and want them to have a relaxing experience every time they come to our office we offer several sedation and anesthetic options that allows everyone to have a stress-free visit. All you have to do is let us know ahead of time that you get nervous and we can help you to choose the sedation option that will fit your needs.
Local anesthetic is applied to most patients who are having a more in-depth procedure done at Surprise Smiles. We will generally apply a topical anesthetic that will numb the area before administering any injections. This allows the injection site to numb entirely to ensure that you feel nothing from start to finish.
Once we are certain that you can’t feel anything we will usually inject a local numbing agent like “Novocain” to ensure that all the nearby structures in the mouth are protected from experiencing discomfort. This local numbing agent will wear off a few hours after the procedure is finished.
Nitrous Oxide is also known as “laughing gas” because of its effect on most patients. It is a mild sedation agent that is applied via a breathing mask that is placed over the nose and is mixed with oxygen. As the patient inhales it they become more relaxed and less concerned. Nitrous oxide is a great option for those who feel stress or worry at the thought of visiting us for a procedure.
Nitrous oxide doesn’t put the patient to sleep and allows them to respond to questions or requests throughout the procedure. If you choose to have nitrous oxide administered during a procedure, we will place the mask over your nose before we start with the rest of the procedure. We will allow you some time to breathe the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen so that the effect will kick in. You may feel some tingling in your extremities; this is completely normal. Some people also report feeling a slightly light-headed and many people laugh! Overall it tends to be a pleasant experience that is easy to recover from.
Oral (Conscious) Sedation
Oral sedation is accomplished using a prescription drug that is taken orally by the patient before the procedure begins. Depending on the drug that is being used the timing will likely be slightly different. The goal of oral conscious sedation is to give the patient a sense of ease while keeping them awake and able to respond to requests. The medications that are typically used include:
Different drugs are used for different reasons and depending on the desired effect.
If you dental sedation sounds like something you would like for your upcoming procedure, please give us a call at (602) 842-4864 and we will be happy to schedule your appointment!