At Montague Dental Excellence, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry takes the anxiety out of dental appointments. While Drs. Kolnes and Khoury generally recommend sedation for the overly fearful patient, it can also be used for patients who want to get a lot of treatment done in one appointment.
There are several benefits to sedation dentistry at Montague Dental Excellence, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
Types of Sedation
Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry offered at our Milpitas dental office, and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete.
Inhaled sedation refers to the use of nitrous oxide. This is a comfortable way to counteract anxiety during a dental appointment. You inhale a combination of oxygen and nitrous oxide. The percentage used can be increased or decreased depending on your comfort. When the dental procedure is finished, the nitrous is turned off and soon leaves your system. You will not require anyone to drive you to the appointment.
Oral sedation is administered with the use of oral medication, usually a combination of two prescriptions. The first medication, Valium (Diazepam) is taken the night before the dental appointment. It helps you to relax and sleep the night before your procedure. This medication has a long duration of action. A second medication, Triazolam, is taken the day of the procedure. This has a short duration of action but a more profound capability to reduce your anxiety. Because of the medications used, we recommend that you have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
Sedation at Montague Dental Excellence
Once you arrive at our office, we allow the oral medication to work for one hour before starting the procedure. We check with you throughout to make sure that the medication is working and that your feel safe to continue. For your continued comfort, you will be wrapped in a warm blanket because this type of sedation can cause you to become cold. A member of our team will monitor you during the entire procedure with a pulse oximeter that monitors blood pressure, heart rate (pulse), and oxygen blood level.
Is sedation right for you?
While sedation dentistry is almost always available to patients, in some cases it is not recommended. During your visit, you will fill out a detailed health history with a list of all medications you take. Some medications may interfere with the medications we administer. In some cases, the health history will point out the need to get medical clearance from your physician. We also ask that you avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking before your sedation procedure.
Sedation dentistry at Montague Dental Excellence gives you the opportunity to gain the oral health you’ve always wanted even if you suffer from dental anxiety. To learn more about the types of sedation we offer, please contact our Milpitas dental office.