Sedation Dentistry at Elevate Dental Wellness

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people think about going to the dentist and instantly feel like they have butterflies in their stomach because of nerves or fear. In fact, nearly 80% of American adults are fearful of the dentist and more than half of them say they don’t go at all because of their phobia.

Neglecting the dentist can be extremely harmful to your oral health and overall well-being. At Elevate Dental Wellness, we offer sedation dentistry to help calm your worries so you can receive your necessary dental care.

Sedation dentistry uses medication to relax patients so they’re still in a conscious state, yet they’re extremely tranquil. Additionally, there are various levels of sedation, ranging from minimal to deep. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and don’t experience any pain or stress throughout your visit. Explore the different types and levels of sedatives used by Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach.

Types of Sedation

Depending on your treatment and level of sedation you need, there are different options for sedation. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want to assure you that each sedative is administered safely with expert knowledge and compassionate care. The types of sedation are:

  1. Inhaled minimal sedation: Also known as nitrous oxide and laughing gas, you will inhale this oxygen through a mask and notice a transition into a relaxed state. We can control the amount of sedation you inhale and when your treatment is complete, the gas will wear off quickly.
  2. Oral sedation: Depending on the dose given, you will take medication that will either leave you relaxed and awake or take a larger dose that can put you to sleep. While under oral sedation, you are still capable of being awakened easily if we need to ask you questions or need you to reposition.
  3. Intravenous sedation: This form of sedation is given through an IV that’s placed in your vein. It allows the sedatives to take effect much quicker and we can continuously adjust the amount given throughout your procedure.
  4. Deep sedation and general anesthesia: Both of these types of sedation will make you close to unconscious or completely unconscious and asleep. These medications will eventually wear off and you’ll feel like yourself again.

Levels of Sedation

We offer four levels of sedation:

  • Minimal sedation: With minimal sedation, patients are awake but relaxed. Dentists commonly use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the procedure, or oral sedation, which requires the patient to take a pill about an hour before the procedure.
  • Moderate Sedation: Oral sedation is also an option for moderate sedation, though patients take a larger dosage the night before and the day of your procedure to get to the right level they need. Another option is an IV that delivers sedatives through a vein to start working more quickly.
  • Deep sedation: Medications given to the patient get them close to complete unconsciousness.
  • General anesthesia: With general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious.

People Who Often Seek Sedatives

There are many different reasons our patients ask for sedation at Elevate Dental Wellness. Along with being scared of the dentist, other reasons people use sedatives include:

  • Complex surgeries
  • Multiple treatments in one appointment
  • Previous traumatic dental experience
  • Intense gag reflex
  • Phobia of needles and shots
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Nerves from the sight, smell, or noise of a dental office

Just Relax. Elevate Dental Wellness Can Ease Your Nerves

Whether you’re looking to feel a bit more relaxed for your upcoming routine teeth cleaning, or you need to be completely unconscious for a procedure, there is a level of sedation that can help you feel more relaxed at our dental office.

Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want all of our patients to receive the required care to sustain their oral health. Whatever may be stopping you, we are here to help get you through it, every step of the way. If you have any further questions about our sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your case and offer you an appropriate method of sedation.