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It is important to help fearful patients receive the care they both need and want by first treating their anxiety and then their teeth. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel relaxed so we can work.
What is sedation dentistry? Sedation dentistry is also called sleep dentistry. You won’t actually be asleep, but when we provide you with sedation, you will feel very sleepy, comfortable, and pain-free while we provide you with the treatment you need. Sedation is effective and extremely safe. Our team has specially trained to offer you sedation and closely monitors your progress during your dental treatment. Dr. Kundel can provide you with the following types of sedation:
Local AnesthesiaLocal- anesthesia is one of the most frequently used. Used to numb the area being worked on, Dr. Kundel can give it to you by injection or swabbing a topical anesthetic gel on the injection site. Depending on the type and amount, you may feel numb for as little as five minutes up to three hours after your treatment.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)- With nitrous oxide, we place a small inhaler over your nose. At first, this provides pure oxygen for you to breath. After a few minutes, we’ll introduce nitrous oxide into the oxygen flow. Most patients say that nitrous makes them feel light-headed and comfortably warm throughout the appointment. While we treat you, you’ll be completely conscious. Dr. Kundel or our team will ask you questions about how you feel, so we can adjust the flow of nitrous. At the end of our treatment, we’ll give you oxygen again and after we’re done, you can leave our office feeling clear-headed.
Oral Sedation- If you don’t want to remember your visit or if we need to perform complex treatments, we may provide oral sedation. Before your dental appointment, we prescribe a sedative. You should take this an hour before your visit. Someone will need to accompany you to our office, as you will be very drowsy when you arrive. From there, we will escort you to our operatory and place you on a monitor to watch your vital signs. While you won’t be completely unconscious, you probably won’t realize when the appointment has started. Once complete, your companion can escort you home to relax.
Is sedation safe? Yes, sedation is safe and works well. Before we can give you any sedation, however, we need to discuss your medical history with you. We will ask whether you or anyone in your family has had difficulty with sedation or anesthetics. We also want to know if you are pregnant, taking steroids, or on any medication.
Who is a good candidate for sedation? If you have had a past traumatic dental experience, difficulty becoming numb, a bad gag reflex, very sensitive teeth, or complex dental problems, sedation might be right for you. Sedation eliminates anxiety by helping patients stay calm and relaxed. Most patients have little to no memory of the dental procedure. If you need extensive or complex dental treatments, sedation may reduce the number of appointments necessary to accomplish your treatment plan. Finally, by helping patients decrease their overall anxiety, many patients don’t need sedation during their next visit.
If I need treatment and want sedation, what happens during the initial visit? When you schedule a visit with Dr. Kundel, we will first have you come to our practice for a consultation appointment. During this visit, Dr. Kundel will review your medical history, measure your vital signs, evaluate if you are a good candidate for sedation, and discuss the options you have to achieve the level of relaxation that will make your experience in the dental office very pleasant.