|Your Comfort In Mind
Dr. Steve Aeschliman understands that some patients have had traumatic experiences in dentistry or have other anxieties about their treatment. Dental treatment, especially surgical treatment can be scary and that is why Dr. Aeschliman strives to make each patient comfortable and to meet their individual needs. For our patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer. There are several options available, as well as varying levels of sedation, which can be used for a patients comfort.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," is one option the doctor may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. With nitrous oxide, You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions asked of you. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide are quick acting, but wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you at your next appointment.
Oral (Conscious) Sedation
Oral Conscious sedation is closely regulated by law, and there are two sedative states which we can administer for your treatment: minor oral conscious sedation and major oral conscious sedation.
Minor sedation is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, shorter procedures, or less complex situations. Minor sedation is administered orally. You remain awake or lightly 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 minor sedation within an hour after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) can be used in conjunction with minor sedation that results in increased relaxation during treatment. It is required that patients receiving conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them as driving may be unsafe.
Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures, major sedation is an increased level of sedation, but is also administered orally. With major conscious sedation, you may sleep throughout your procedure, but will still be able to breathe without aid and respond to instructions as needed. It is required that patients receiving conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.