Sedation Can Help Patients Relax During Dental Treatment
Sedation allows phobic or nervous patients to receive necessary care in complete comfort. Under its influence, patients can achieve a relaxed, sleep-like state, unaware of what is going on around them. It is often combined with local anesthesia to provide maximum comfort. For this reason, Dr. Wade Peers offers multiple sedation options—including nitrous oxide and intravenous (IV)—to help patients relax during oral surgery at our Park City, UT, practice. Sedation is also beneficial for patients who require extensive dental work or have difficulty sitting still for long periods due to certain health conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy.
How Can Sedation Benefit Patients?
Dental phobia and anxiety affect nearly 40 million Americans. Unfortunately, this fear can prevent people from seeking the care they need. People who suffer from dental phobia generally have a fear of pain that stems from a past dental experience. Sedation provides patients who may not necessarily visit the dentist due to fear or some other type of medical condition the opportunity to receive essential care. Sedation is a completely safe and effective solution for providing comfort, relaxation, and relief from anxiety.
You may benefit from sedation if you:
- Have difficulty sitting still or controlling body movements
- Continually cancel dental appointments
- Avoid the dentist even when experiencing dental pain
- Have a fear of dental tools, x-rays, or needles
- Have trouble numbing with only local anesthesia
- Require significant dental work, such as dental implants or wisdom tooth extraction
- Have a sensitive gag reflex
Dental phobia and anxiety affect nearly 40 million Americans.
Types of Sedation We Provide
Dr. Peers offers two different types of sedation for his patients. The type recommended will depend on the patient’s level of fear or the complexity of their treatment.
Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a type of conscious inhalation sedation that helps patients relax and feel comfortable. It is administered through a nose mask that remains in place throughout the entire treatment. A local anesthetic is also administered to the area being treated. Under the effects of nitrous oxide, patients will be able to respond to Dr. Peers’ commands, but will be in a state of deep relaxation, unaware of what is going on around them. Shortly after the the nose mask is removed, the effects of the gas wear off patients have little or no memory of the procedure. Patients can generally drive themselves home following their procedure.
Like nitrous oxide IV sedation is another type of conscious sedation; however, IV sedation is administered directly to the bloodstream, allowing for greater control. As with nitrous oxide sedation, a local anesthetic will be administered in combination with IV sedation for maximum comfort. Patients who undergo IV sedation will achieve a deeper, more relaxed state, but will still be able to respond to simple commands from Dr. Peers. This type of sedation is generally recommended for patients who require extensive dental work or who have higher levels of anxiety. Because the after effects are stronger and you will feel groggy and disoriented for several hours afterwards, you will need to arrange for transportation home.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry
If you are one of the 40 million who avoid visiting the dentist each year as a result of dental phobia, you may enjoy the benefits that sedation can provide for you. Sedation allows patients who have been living in pain receive comfortable care in a relaxing environment under the care of a trusted dentist. Contact our office today online or call (435) 615-9840 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Peers.
“We have had the pleasure over the past 14 years to work closely with Dr. Peers, and he has always taken superb care of our patients. A great oral surgeon that our area is most fortunate to have!” Dr. Michael Knight