Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Your dental team understands that many patients are hesitant about dental visits due to anxiety or fears. Different levels of anesthesia and sedation allow our doctors to treat you in a manner that you find comfortable. Dr. Pauly and Dr. Tompkins will assess your treatment options and recommend a level of sedation that will allow you to relax during your procedure. An in-depth consultation prior to administering anesthesia helps to optimize the long-term outcome for your procedure while assuming a minimal risk for complications.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide therapy or “laughing gas” is a mild sedative that is commonly used in dentistry. It is a colorless and odorless gas that is administered through a small mask over your nose. This allows you to achieve a level of relaxation during your dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is not addictive and exits the body within a few minutes. Dr. Pauly and Dr. Tompkins are trained in how to use Nitrous Oxide sedation safely and effectively.

Oral Sedation

Our doctors offer oral sedation for patients who prefer a require a moderate level of sedation. In these instances, patients are prescribed oral medications that are to be taken as instructed in preparation for your dental treatment. During the procedure, the patient will be relaxed, but will still be able to respond to light stimulation. Those who choose to be sedated are required to follow a few pre-procedural recommendations and have a person available to assist them on the day of their procedure. It is required that any patient that has been orally sedated be accompanied by a person who must be available in the waiting room for the conclusion of the treatment. It is recommended that the patient go home and rest, for the remainder of the day.

General Anesthesia

General Anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness where a patient cannot feel, see, or hear anything during the procedure. The medication can be administered through various routes and is an extension of deep sedation, helping limit movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A highly trained and specialized anesthesiologist is required to provide this type of anesthesia to assure absolute patient safety. Your dental team is trained to provide this service!