If you would like to avoid feeling anxiety and fear at the dentist’s office, or you simply want to remain more comfortable during a procedure like root canal therapy, sedation dentistry from Dr. David Sisneros may be right for you. At Rocky Mountain Dental Co., we offer sedation for all of our patients. Read on to learn more, or contact us now for an appointment.
At Rocky Mountain Dental Co., we offer two different kinds of dental sedation; nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation. Depending on your preferences and your dental needs, either method may be a good option for you.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” sedation is a method of minimal sedation that uses a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide, which is controlled by Dr. Sisneros and is pumped through a comfortable nose mask.
You will simply breathe through this mask whenever Dr. Sisneros directs you to, and the nitrous oxide will quickly be absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs. Nitrous oxide will make you feel “floaty” and a bit disconnected from what’s happening around you. It also helps reduce feelings of pain, discomfort, and anxiety.
However, you will remain fully conscious during your treatment, and nitrous oxide sedation wears off within 5 minutes and has minimal side effects. This means you can resume your day-to-day activities and drive yourself home or even back to work after treatment.
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill-based sedative that you’ll take about 1-2 hours before your appointment. This method of sedation is deeper than nitrous oxide sedation. Once the medicine takes effect, you will feel very groggy and sleepy.
In fact, it’s quite common for patients to fall asleep during treatment, and to forget what happened during the procedure. However, you can be woken up if needed, and you will be able to respond to commands during treatment.
Oral conscious sedation lasts 4-6 hours after treatment, and can cause slow reflexes and sluggishness, so you cannot drive yourself home. You’ll need to make arrangements to have someone bring you to our office and drive you home after your appointment.
As long as you are healthy and are not taking any medications that may interfere with the use of a particular type of sedative, you are likely a good candidate for treatment with sedation dentistry at Rocky Mountain Dental Co. However, you will need to provide Dr. Sisneros with details about any medications you’re taking, your medical history, and other such information to ensure that you can be sedated safely.