Sedation or “No Fear” Dentistry
Sedation Dentistry is a revolutionary way to reduce the anxiety that can be produced by a trip to the dentist. Safe and effective calming medications can alleviate stress and can help to make your visit a painless and stress-free experience.
Often, patients with potential dental problems fail to take the proper corrective measures because of the fear of pain or discomfort. Unfortunately, ignoring problems in the present can create long-term complications in the future. Failing to get timely dental work can turn a minor nuisance into a major headache.
We use nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” for those patients who have mild to moderate anxiety. The great thing about nitrous oxide is it takes effect quickly but is also completely reversed quickly. This allows the patients to be able to drive home or to work immediately after their appointment.
For those patients with moderate to severe anxiety, we use Triazolam or Lorazepam. These drugs put the patient in a deep sleep which allows us to treat for longer periods of time. We can do more work which means fewer visits. This is very important for those patients who hate coming to the dentist.
Many times we use a combination of both Triazolam, Lorazepam and Nitrous Oxide. This allows for a deeper sedation when needed.
Sedation Dentistry is safe and effective and can give you the courage to take control of your dental health. If you have been postponing dental care, Sedation Dentistry may be the right solution for you. Don’t put off protecting your smile any longer – call Dr. Mann to explore your options today.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation (“Twilight Sedation”)
Our office offers our patients the option of IV Sedation, also referred to as Dental Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” for their surgical dental treatment with our oral surgeon, Dr. Ashley Mann.
Intravenous Sedation or “twilight sleep” helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation if you so desire. Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed, drifting in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.
If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Ashley Mann, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be able to sustain a needle for the length of the procedure. In this case, the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved. Both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV sedation is very safe!
Along with IV sedation, there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation – basically, we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. Once again, all modalities are administered and monitored by Dr. Ashley Mann in the safety and comfort of our office environment.
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply- the fearful!
Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At Dr. Ashley Mann, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleep-like experience, Dr. Ashley Mann will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” with the results you desire.
No. You will be in a relaxed, tranquil state – but not asleep.
Some people elect Sedation Dentistry because they have sensitive teeth or exaggerated gag reflexes, while others have limited time for a visit or want to avoid discomfort and anxiety during their visit.
No. You will be taking a tranquilizing medication beforehand, and such drugs may impede your ability to drive. To be safe, ask a friend or family member to give you a ride to your appointment and a ride home after the appointment.
Absolutely. You will be monitored at all times by dental assistants to make sure that you are not in any danger. You will never be alone and the procedure is completely safe.
There are many factors that help determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry. If your fear about dental work creates anxiety during visits, you may be an optimal candidate for Sedation Dentistry.
Common reasons for Sedation Dentistry Include:
- Traumatic dental history
- Resistance to anesthetics
- Overdeveloped gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Complex and elaborate dental problems
- Limited time to devote to dentist visits
- Fear of needles, drills and shots
- Anxiety caused by the noises, the smells and the tastes associated with dental care
If you suffer from any of these concerns, consider Sedation Dentistry as a solution for you. Don’t let fear prevent you from having the bright smile and healthy teeth you deserve. With Sedation Dentistry, dental anxieties can be a thing of the past. Don’t wait any longer – contact Dr. Mann today!