Thousands of dental patients worldwide take advantage of some form of sedation dentistry while receiving dental work. Anxiety and fear are natural responses, and for some, receiving dental treatments is what they are afraid of the most. Because of these fears, it is common that patients will put off dental treatments until something causes them severe pain and then require serious restorative care. Don’t get stuck in this cycle!
At Scott M. Chandler DMD in Park City, Utah, we understand why there are negative feelings towards receiving care, but we don’t want to let fear get in the way of your oral health. To help make receiving care more comfortable, we offer different sedation dentistry options to increase comfort and decrease anxiety.
Forms of Sedation Dentistry
Because not every patient is the same, we offer three different levels of sedation that can be given, determining the level of anxiety and the treatment needed. The three sedation options are:
- Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas: Being the mildest form of sedation dentistry, we can administer nitrous oxide to any patient, including children. Before the start of the procedure, Laughing Gas is administered with oxygen through a small mask placed onto the nose. Once inhaled, the gas will help calm and relax you throughout your entire procedure. Being a mild form of sedation, nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes once stopped being inhaled. Patients who have received this form of sedation will feel no after-effects and are clear to drive.
- Oral Sedation: Oral sedatives can be prescribed, by Dr. Chandler or Dr. Geddes, the night before a treatment or procedure to offer a deeper state of relaxation that isn’t possible through laughing gas. Through oral sedation, patients will remain awake and responsive during treatment
- IV Sedation: For patients who want to doze off during their procedure, Dr. Chandler or Dr. Geddes can administer medication through an IV. Medication does not cause unconsciousness but will provide enough relaxation to induce sleep. Most patients who participate in IV sedation will remember very little about the procedure.
Let us Help
We understand that each patient is different and requires personalized care when it comes to their dental needs. Dr. Scott M. Chandler, DMD, is trained and certified in all sedation techniques and can answer any questions that you may have. Please call or stop by our Park City, Utah office for more detailed information on sedation dentistry or any questions or concerns addressed.