If you are nervous about having dental treatment, you are not alone. For some patients, wearing headphones during their dental appointment often helps. For others, music alone may not do the trick. For those patients, we offer the following sedation options:
– Nitrous oxide is a short acting, mild sedation option that is ideal for patients that must drive themselves to and from their dental appointment. This gas is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose, and will typically make you feel light-headed, calm and comfortable during your appointment. Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep, and the effects quickly dissipate when the mask is removed.
– Halcion is an oral sedation option that is designed to make patients drowsy and relaxed during a dental appointment. Patients are still awake and able to respond to questions and commands during treatment, but often have difficulty remembering the details of their visit when the effects of Halcion wear off. Patients that take Halcion must have someone to drive them home after their appointment, and stay with them until the effects of the medication wear off. For more information on Halcion, you may download or view the information sheet we give to patients who are interested in this sedation option.
We do not offer IV Sedation in our office. We work closely with a number of oral surgeons that offer IV Sedation for their surgical cases, and are happy to provide referrals to patients that are interested in this option. With any sedation option, a review of your personal health history and current medications is necessary.