Many patients have had traumatic experiences in dentistry or have other anxieties about their treatment. At Smith Dental, Dr. Smith strives to meet your individual comfort needs. For our patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer. We offer both Nitrous Oxide, IV Sedation, and General Anesthesia for our patients.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that will help you relax. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," is one option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. Dr. Smith will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. 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 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.
Intravenous conscious sedation (IV Sedation) puts you in a relaxed state of mind, but does not put you to sleep. You will remain awake and be able to respond to any requests the doctor may have while you are sedated. Patients often experience partial or total amnesia for the full period of sedation. That is to say, you will not remember most of (or sometimes all of) the procedure. Meanwhile the drugs we use will give you a very pleasant feeling of euphoria.
You will be aware of what is happening while it is happening. You will feel at ease with what is happening. You will be able to respond to our requests during the procedure—all this and you won’t remember a thing!
General Anesthesia Sedation
General anesthesia refers to any form of sedation where a patient is kept in a state of controlled unconsciousness. When put into such a state, the brain doesn’t respond to any pain signals that are sent to it. Furthermore, because the patient is unconscious, they do not feel pain. General anesthesia is usually administered through an intravenous (IV) system but can also be delivered through a mask whereby the patient breathes in the anesthetic.
In this sleep you won’t be able to feel anything, and you will be totally unconscious. Upon waking, you may be disoriented or slightly nauseous, but we will be there to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. The effects of general anesthesia can take a few hours to wear off, and it is wise to bring someone to your appointment who can take you home and make sure you are comfortable. We may also suggest that you sit in our office for a while to recuperate from any lingering side-effects.
We care about your comfort and health and hope that you will give us a call at (503) 746-9361 to discuss your sedation options today!
Smith Dental, 1907 Mountain Home Lane, Suite 100, Forest Grove, OR, 97116-2274 - Key Phrases: sedation dentistry Forest Grove OR -
Ryan Smith DDS Forest Grove OR -
Dentist Forest Grove OR - (503) 746-9361 - www.forestgrovefamilydentistry.com - 7/26/2017