Calm Your Fears with Comforting Sedation Dentistry in Edina, MN
Sedation dentistry employs special medications that allows the patient to experience reduced anxiety and fear during a dental procedure. The patient will be in a deep state of relaxation and will feel as though the procedure lasted a very short time. The patient will be able to respond to verbal communication and will breath on their own. Patients will have little memory of their experience, including sounds and smells of the dental office. They will be relaxed safe and comfortable.
Fear and Anxiety
It is estimated that one in seven people suffer from some form of dental anxiety. These anxieties can have severe consequences when they are allowed to impact how you make decisions about your dental care. Up to 30% of these high anxiety patients end up delaying treatment until they find themselves in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, this often results in more extensive and more expensive dental treatment. There are many reasons why people are apprehensive to come to the dental office.
What Are the Appointments Like?
Oral sedation involves the use of oral medication in the form of a pill or tablet to relieve mild to moderate anxiety.
Typical Scenario of Appointments
- Making the Appointment – This may be the most difficult step, so we will try to make it easy.
- Welcoming Visit – We gather information regarding your health and discuss your wants and desires. If you are comfortable, we will take x-rays and look in your mouth. If not, we will do them later. Do not worry. You will never be judged or embarrassed.
- Preparing for Your Sedation Visit – We will usually give you a pill to take the night before your first visit to guarantee a good night’s sleep and to make sure you wake up relaxed.
- Arriving for Treatment – Your companion will bring you to the office. Additional medication will be provided to create the best possible relaxed and comfortable experience. Our sedation team will monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation throughout your entire visit.
- Going Home with Your New Smile – Your companion will take you home and stay with you until you are completely recovered from your sedation medication.
- The Next Day – Most patients feel minimal discomfort or residual effects from the dental visit.
Are You a Candidate?
- Do you fear dental treatment?
- Do you have a history of a traumatic dental experience?
- Do you have difficulty getting numb?
- Do you have a sensitive gag reflex?
- Do dental objects placed in your mouth make you feel like you cannot breathe?
- Do you deny the presence of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable?
- Do you often make and cancel dental appointments?
- Once at the dentist, do you experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests?
If you answered yes one or more times, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact our office for a complimentary consultation.
Both Dr. Stone and Dr. Johnson have been certified to safely and effectively administer sedation dentistry. During your sedation experience, you will be under the supervision of a team member at all times ensuring your safety and comfort. We monitor your vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation levels at all times.
We meticulously follow all of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) protocols.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5–10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.