Oral Sedation (Light)
Oral sedation, is an anti-anxiety medication. After you have consulted with our Dental staff, we will advise you on the correct medication you will need. They are generally taken prior to your appointment and it is advisable for you to be accompanied by a responsible person, to make sure you arrive at our dental “home” safely, as well as a safe return to your home.
You will find that you are relaxed sufficiently, for dental work to proceed without any anxiety by your appointment time.
Nitrous Sedation (Moderate)
Nitrous oxide (N20), better known as laughing gas, is a gas that is inhaled. It is colorless, odorless and is not a known irritant. It is administered through a nose piece and it works very quickly. As such, it is helpful in numbing the nerves in the mouth so that the dentist can work without you experiencing any pain.
There are no known contraindications, or side effects, with the use of nitrous oxide. It is not however, safe to use during the first trimester of pregnancy.
IV Sedation (Heavy)
For our patients who suffer from dental phobia, IV sedation is an alternative to the anxiety experienced in the dentist’s chair. It induces a state of deep relaxation, and your recollection of the experience will be very limited. During the sedation period though, you will be able to understand and respond to the Dentist’s requests.
IV sedation is not a painkiller, rather it is an anti-anxiety drug. Your gums will still need to be numbed, but the Dentist will wait until the sedation has taken effect, before starting any procedure.
We are extremely careful when administering IV sedation. It is carried out only under the supervision of a specifically trained dental specialist. It is a very safe drug however, pregnant women, and those with glaucoma should avoid its use. Cautions are given to those who suffer lung, kidney or liver malfunctions as well as those of advanced age, or those who deal with sleep apnea.
General Anesthesia is recommended only as a last resort, and for the use of adults only when there is no other method of pain/anxiety management. General Anesthesia has risks. It must be administered under supervision, in a controlled environment. At Grover Dental Care we would recommend and refer you to an Oral Surgeon.
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