An important element of dental care is helping patients manage any associated pain and anxiety. Many patients avoid dental treatment due to anxiety or fear. To help these people, Kirby Smiles offers various forms of sedation that can make it easier to get through dental treatment. The sedation we provide is excellent for helping patients remain calm and comfortable both before and during a procedure. We always carefully monitor the process of providing sedation to ensure that the patient is kept safe throughout the process.
Not all dental treatments require the use of sedation, but when it is needed, we can make a procedure more comfortable and less stressful.
We offer the following types of sedation at our practice:
- Local Anesthesia: A local anesthetic is designed to numb the immediate area where dental work is being completed. This will prevent the patient from experiencing pain during the procedure. An important thing to remember about local anesthesia is that it does nothing to directly reduce a patient’s anxiety in any way; however, many patients do take some comfort in simply knowing that they will be less likely to experience any major pain during treatment.
- Oral Sedation: A patient who receives oral sedation will consume a pill shortly before receiving treatment. This medicine will make the patient feel calm and relaxed. Oral sedation will leave a patient aware of their surroundings, and they should return to normal after a few hours.
- Laughing Gas: Laughing gas is an inhaled substance that is provided immediately prior to dental treatment. The patient will take in the substance by wearing a mask over their nose and then breathing the gas in through their nose. Laughing gas is great for reducing patient anxiety, and the medicine is appropriate for patients of all ages. Patients who receive laughing gas will still be entirely aware of their surroundings, and the effect will wear off once the medicine is no longer being administered.
- IV Sedation: IV sedation is provided to a patient intravenously. Patients receive IV sedation for the purpose of managing both pain and anxiety. The medicine will go into effect extremely quickly, and the level of sedation can be continuously adjusted throughout the procedure as needed.
- General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation, and it will allow a patient to be asleep and unaware while dental work is being completed. This type of sedation is reserved for the most serious procedures, and it is generally only used during oral surgery. The patient will not remember any of the treatment that took place, and they will have no negative recollection of the experience. Since it can take general anesthesia several hours to wear off, the patient will be required to have another party provide transportation on their behalf when receiving this type of sedation.
If you are in need of dental treatment, sedation can make the treatment process easier. Please feel free to ask us about the types of sedation we can provide before your next treatment. Call us today at (281) 941-5488 to schedule your appointment.