FAQs about Dental Sedation

As a highly regarded Sunnyvale general dentist, Dr. Nasser Antonious offers a wealth of leading-edge dentistry procedures, including sedation dentistry. Also referred to as twilight, relaxing dentistry or sleep dentistry, this is a group of sedation procedures that can help even the most anxious patients relax during their procedures. Dr. Antonious works individually with each patient to create a unique sedation plan that will help him or her achieve a deep state of tranquility and peace. To learn more, please explore the list of frequently asked questions below.

Sedation dentistry is a field of medicine that aims to make dental patients comfortable and relaxed during their procedures. Sedation dentistry uses sedatives (such as benzodiazepines and nitrous oxide) to achieve this goal.

You might be a sedation dentistry candidate if you experience extreme dental fear, anxiety, panic attacks or dental phobia. You might also be a candidate if you desire to complete several procedures during a single office visit because sedation will make the time go by faster. Other people who often use sedation are the elderly, the very young, and patients with various physical and mental ailments.

Sunnyvale Dental Care offers nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation and IV conscious sedation. Dr. Antonious will work with you to determine which technique is the best for you.

Nitrous oxide sedation uses a mixture of two gases – nitrous oxide and oxygen. During treatment, a mask is placed over the patient’s nose, and he or she inhales the gas mix. Within minutes, the patient begins to feel deeply relaxed, comfortable and at ease. In addition, many Sunnyvale Dental Care patients experience a pain-relieving effect. The effect of nitrous oxide disappears within minutes after the gas is stopped.

Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of oral medicine. The patient takes medication either before arriving at the dentist’s office, or at the office. Within 30–60 minutes, the medication begins to take effect. Most Sunnyvale Dental Care patients experience a feeling of warmth, heaviness, and deep, pleasant relaxation. The effects of oral conscious sedation disappear gradually, over the course of several hours.

IV sedation is the deepest form of dental sedation. It is administered through a tiny catheter inserted in the arm. The benefit of IV sedation is that it can be adjusted throughout the treatment depending on the patient’s needs.

Most patients first notice lightheadedness. This feeling soon gives way to sensations of warmth and heaviness. Alternatively, some patients report that they feel very light, as if floating. The body and mind enter a deep state of relaxation whereby patients feel very safe, secure and completely at peace.

During some of the sedation dentistry methods we offer you will be in a dream-like state where you will be aware of what is happening and able to answer questions and voice any concerns. During IV sedation, which is the deepest form of sedation used in dentistry short of General Anesthesia, creates a sleep like state where the patient is virtually unaware of the dentistry being preformed. Most patients have little or no memory of the visit.

No, sedation medications are not pain-killers. Instead, they are designed to calm the nervous system and help you relax. In order to control pain, Dr. Antonious will administer appropriate local anesthesia.

If you received sedation with nitrous oxide, you will feel like your normal self within minutes after the gas is stopped. If you received oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, the medication will take several hours to wear off. During this time, you might feel disoriented, sleepy and extremely relaxed. This is why you must have somebody else to take care of you after your oral conscious sedation or IV sedation procedures.

If you received nitrous oxide sedation, you might be able to remember what happened during your procedure. However, your memory might be fragmented or fuzzy. If you received oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, you will remember very little about your treatment.

It depends on the type of sedation you receive. If you receive nitrous oxide sedation, it might be safe for you to drive yourself. If you receive oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, you must have somebody else drive you home and stay with you for a few hours. In addition, if you took your sedative before coming to Sunnyvale Dental Care, you will need somebody to drive you to your appointment.

While no medical procedure is 100% safe, sedation dentistry has an excellent track record of safety. Every year, millions of people undergo their dental treatments under sedation. If you have any safety concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to Dr. Antonious.

Sedation can help with your needle phobia. Dr. Antonious can administer sedation before any needles are used. This way, you will be completely relaxed and fear-free by the time needles are used.

You should always discuss any sedatives, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications with Dr. Antonious prior to your treatment. While sometimes it is okay to take mild sedatives prior to your appointment, it is vital that your dentist knows about it. This is important because they will need to determine drug compatibility and the precise dosage of additional sedatives and anesthetics.

Schedule Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment Today

Dr. Antonious invites you to schedule your sedation dentistry consultation today and begin your journey toward a healthy, beautiful smile. You can set up an appointment by calling Sunnyvale Dental Care at 408-720-0900.

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