At Riverplace Periodontics, our doctors and staff strive to make your experience relaxing and enjoyable. Most patients may feel mild dental anxiety about getting a procedure. However, some patients with moderate dental anxiety or dental phobia may benefit from sedation. Although sedation is not required for periodontal procedures, sedation allows the dentist to manage patient pain and anxiety while at the same time allowing the patient to more comfortably undergo periodontal procedures. If you want to learn more about sedation, please inquire at your next appointment.
At our office, patients can choose from the following options when undergoing dental treatment:
- No Sedation: most patients choose to maintain full awareness during the procedure. This is accomplished with the use of local anesthetic.
- Oral Conscious Sedation is a drug-induced stated of reduced awareness and decreased ability to respond. Some patients have generalized or dental specific anxiety. To make the dental experience more relaxing, relaxing medications similar to Valium are taken orally.
- IV Sedation - IV sedation is a very controlled sedation done by an intravenous drip in the arm of a sedative drug. This is the most controllable technique as it can quickly and easily be adjusted to the patient’s body type, tolerance levels and depth of sedation desired. This technique produces the deepest sedation and relaxation. Although patients are responsive, they have very little, if any, memory of the experience. Although the procedure and drugs are very safe, patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level and breathing are monitored as part of our safe standard of care. Patients are restricted to limited activities and may not drive for the rest of the day.
For patients that opt for sedation, the patient is required to arrive with a companion who can drive the patient home after the procedure. At the completion of the dental procedures, the patient will be allowed to recover from the effects of the sedation before being allowed to go home with the companion. The patient should not drive or operate machinery while taking sedative for 23 hours after the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for people who have:
- A high level of fear or anxiety
- Suffered past traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty in getting numb
- An overactive gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Time only to squeeze several procedures into a limited time period
- A fear of needles and shots
- A strong dislike of the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care
- TMJ related difficulties where it is uncomfortable to open their mouth for extended periods
During your consultation, feel free to discuss the different options of sedation. Our doctors have completed advanced training in sedation so you can feel confident in the overall care you will receive. We can help you determine which option is best for your unique situation.