Proper dental care and routine dental check-ups are important for maintaining a healthy smile. Regular dentist visits can help prevent health complications or detect issues before they become serious.
At Arizona Dental Heights, we like to make sure your visit to our office is a comfortable and pleasant experience so you’ll visit regularly and we can help you maintain a healthy smile.
But we understand that for some, dental phobia can prevent you from visiting us, and that is why we offer Sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry helps you become at ease during your visit and makes the experience more enjoyable and stress-free.
To help calm and reduce your tension and anxiety, we offer:
Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a light sedative pill you take before your visit. The amount of sedation can range from minimal to moderate and takes effect within one hour of consumption. An oral sedative pill will make the patient drowsy, but still awake during any dental procedure, including surgery. Oral sedation is safe and extremely effective.
Nitrous Oxide: Famously known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is given to you through a mask over your nose and mouth, at the beginning of your visit while you are in the dentist’s chair. Nitrous oxide is safe, effective, and puts you in a relaxed state. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly and those who have been treated with nitrous oxide can drive home after their procedure. (Although we always recommend being on the safe side, and having a friend drive you home after any sedative treatment.) This is a popular and safe choice for kids who feel anxious about the dentist or their dental treatment.
IV Sedation: Also known as Sleep Dentistry, IV Sedation is given by IV and typically before oral surgery or other complex procedures done outside the office. IV sedation is the most effective sedation because it puts the patient in a relaxed, calm sleep state for patients to undergo even the most complex dental treatment without anxiety. IV sedation takes a couple of hours to wear off. It is not recommended to drive for the rest of the day, after waking up from IV sedation.
If you feel extreme fear or anxiety when you visit the dentist, or if a dental phobia is causing you to avoid a routine check-up, we recommend a sedation dentistry treatment and are happy to discuss your options before you make an appointment. We are committed to making your experience at AZ Dental Heights a safe, anxiety-free experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be awake during my procedure with IV sedation?
IV sedation won’t cause you to become unconscious, but rather remain in a deep state of relaxation. You’ll be able to respond to verbal communication or even a soft physical touch. The process is completely safe and our staff will be with you every step of the way. Most patients report feeling peaceful and in a euphoric state.
How long does IV sedation last?
It can take anywhere from five to fifteen minutes to feel the effects of IV sedation. Once it’s in full circulation, IV sedation can last anywhere from two to six hours, depending on how much is administered and the length of the procedure.
Is there pain with IV sedation?
When administered correctly, you shouldn’t feel any pain with IV sedation. As a matter of fact, most patients report not feeling anything and have little to no memory of their procedure.
Is IV sedation the same as general anesthesia?
IV sedation can be mild, moderate, or deep, depending on the amount administered. It allows patients to remain conscious with mild to moderate doses. Because it’s delivered intravenously, recovery time is much faster than with oral sedation or general anesthesia.
With general anesthesia, patients are fully unconscious throughout the duration of the procedure. It’s administered intravenously or in the form of gas. This type of sedation is only used during dental procedures with patients who are extremely anxious or for more invasive procedures such as wisdom teeth removal.
Are there any short-term side effects of getting nitrous oxide for a procedure?
Most patients who receive nitrous oxide don’t experience any negative side effects. However, a few reported side effects include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, shivering, excessive sweating, and vomiting.
Nitrous oxide is considered to be safe for dental procedures. However, if it’s not administered properly, nitrous oxide can have negative lasting effects. That’s why it’s important to choose an esteemed dentist, such as Dr. Hatch, when undergoing a dental procedure requiring sedation.