Is dental anxiety preventing you from going to the dentist? Sedation dentistry allows you to get the care you need while minimizing discomfort.
Learn about the various kinds of sedation dentistry we offer at our dental office in Palm Beach County.
Method of Anesthesia
Description of Technique
The patient remains totally conscious throughout the procedure. A local anesthetic (e.g., lidocaine) is administered in the area where the surgery is to be performed. Local anesthetic is used in conjunction with the other methods of anesthesia in all oral surgery procedures.
Dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals, minor soft tissue procedures, and simple tooth extractions.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation with Local Anesthetic
A mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen is administered through a nasal breathing apparatus. The patient remains conscious in a relaxed condition. Nitrous oxide has a sedative and analgesic (pain-controlling) effect.
Simple oral surgery procedures to more involved procedures such as removal of wisdom teeth and placement of dental implants, or any dental procedure in which the patient would like to feel more relaxed.
Office-Based General Anesthesia with Local Anesthetic* (Sleep Dentistry)
Medications are administered through an intravenous line (I.V.). The patient falls asleep and is completely unaware of the procedure being performed. Medications most commonly used are Fentanyl (opiate), Versed (benzodiazepine), Ketamine, and Diprivan. Supplemental oxygen is delivered through a nasal breathing apparatus, and the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored.
General anesthesia is available for all types of oral surgery. Patients may choose general anesthesia for simple procedures depending on their level of anxiety. Most people having their wisdom teeth removed or having a dental implant placed will choose general anesthesia. General anesthesia may be necessary if local anesthesia fails to anesthetize the surgical site which often occurs in the presence of infection.
Hospital or Surgery Center-Based General Anesthesia
A patient is admitted to a hospital or surgery center where anesthesia is administered by an anesthesiologist.
Indicated for patients undergoing extensive procedures such as face and jaw reconstruction or TMJ surgery. Also indicated for patients with medical conditions such as heart or lung disease who require general anesthesia.
Roughly 36% of people have dental anxiety. It’s important to confront this anxiety head on because it can prevent you from going to the dentist regularly.
Unfortunately, not going to the dentist only makes the problem worse, since regular missed appointments can exacerbate or even cause any oral health issues you may have. These oral health issues can then become more expensive to treat, as well as leading to great discomfort.
Sedation is a great way to prevent this from happening. Let's discuss how we can make your experience at the dentist calm and comfortable.
Sedation and anesthesia are often used together to ensure your comfort. While local anesthetic suppresses any pain you would experience in the area, sedation helps keep you relaxed.
If you require a large amount of work, such as multiple different procedures during a single appointment, you may be a candidate for general anesthesia. If you are a candidate for this anesthesia, our anesthesiologist will stay with you throughout the procedure to ensure both your comfort and your safety.
In order to be a candidate for sedation, you should be in good health. We’ll also want to ensure you haven’t had bad reactions to the sedative in the past.
We understand that some parents are worried about their child receiving sedation or anesthesia. That said, they can make a major difference for some patients. If we recommend sedation for your young one, it is because it will have a significant, positive impact on their oral health. Our anesthesiologist is highly qualified and experienced. They will ensure the safety of your young one during the procedure.
If you took nitrous oxide, you will likely be able to drive yourself home after a short period of time. Patients taking other forms of sedation will be unable to drive themselves home.
If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Ferber Dental Group, we’re committed to helping patients get the care they need comfortably. Have any questions about the forms of sedation we have available? Please don’t hesitate to contact us.