Let's face the fact: Nobody likes having dental work done. The injections, the noise, the anxiety! Now imagine having all your dentistry completed while relaxing in a comfortable twilight sleep state, listening to soothing music and enjoying relaxing massage on a heated chair. If this sounds like the kind of experience you're looking for, you have come to the right place!
At East Market Dental, we offer different kinds of anxiolysis depending upon your anxiety level and health conditions.
Nitrous Oxide anxiolysis: Used for minimal anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a relaxant gas that you can inhale, has been used in dental offices for nearly 100 years. It is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over your nose. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a feeling of euphoria for patients, within minutes of use. The amount administered can be controlled to increase your level of relaxation. When the procedure is complete, it is quick to wear off so there is no “hangover” effect and you will return to a normal state in a few minutes. All bodily functions remain essentially normal during the use of this sedative, which is very safe.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Used for mild to moderate anxiety.
For Oral Conscious Sedation, you will be given a prescription pill to take roughly an hour before your appointment. This will provide you with a relaxed feeling. While the sedation is mild enough that you will be able to hear and respond to the dentist at all times, you will not be able to drive yourself to or from your appointment.
IV moderate sedation: Used for Severe Anxiety.
IV Conscious Sedation, often called Twilight Sleep, is by far the most effective form of sedation. During this procedure, sedatives are delivered directly into the blood using an IV. There is also a higher level of training required for those who administer it. Your vital signs, including EKG, blood pressure and blood oxygen content are monitored with specialized equipment, throughout theprocedure. This allows the doctor to precisely control the amount of the sedative you receive. You should feel calm and comfortable during the procedure and while you will be able to respond to his instruction, won't remember a thing about your dental procedure after the sedative wears off