If the thought of seeing your dentist gives you chills every six months, an anesthetic may be the solution. Sedation dentistry uses a combination of techniques, ranging from nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” to general anesthesia, to relax a patient during surgeries or otherwise uncomfortable appointments. For even the most severe dental phobias, there is no longer a reason to avoid the dentist altogether.
Types of Dental Sedation
Laughing Gas: Probably the most common form of sedation in the dental office is nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep but is effective at reducing your anxiety about a dental procedure. It is very safe and provided in most dental offices. Local injections of anesthesia, which are still used in combination with nitrous oxide, now see consistent effectiveness, and some are practically painless.
General Anesthesia: General anesthesia is commonly used for surgery and a small percentage of people who are not good candidates for sedation dentistry. General anesthesia is a form of sedation by which you or your child will be asleep for the entire procedure.
Patients receiving sedation dentistry treatments must be accompanied by a responsible driver/caregiver who will drive them home. After the appointment this individual should stay with the patient until the effects of the sedation have worn off.
Safety: At Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Clinic our patients safely is paramount. While under General Anesthesia you will be attended to by our Anesthesiologist, Nurse, and Dentist. Additionally, we use of use monitoring equipment – including a pulse oximeter, oxygen equipment and reversal medication agents in case of an adverse reaction (a very rare occurrence) – while a procedure with sedation is performed.