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Sedation at Smile Keepers helps to alleviate patient anxiety and discomfort during various dental procedures. Different sedation methods are available, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, and intravenous (IV) sedation. These techniques cater to patients with varying levels of dental fear or those undergoing extensive treatments, ensuring a more comfortable and stress-free experience.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, or “laughing gas,” is used at Smile Keepers to help patients relax during various dental procedures. This colorless, odorless gas is administered through a comfortable mask placed over the nose, allowing one to inhale a carefully controlled mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen.

One of the key advantages of nitrous oxide sedation is its rapid onset and offset, providing immediate relief from anxiety and discomfort, with the effects wearing off shortly after the gas is discontinued. Nitrous oxide sedation ensures that patients can receive the dental care they need comfortably and without undue stress, ultimately contributing to a positive and stress-free dental experience.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves the administration of oral medications prior to your appointment. These medications induce a calming effect, making you feel drowsy and less anxious while remaining conscious and responsive.

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety or those undergoing more extensive treatments. It offers a longer-lasting state of relaxation compared to other methods, allowing for more complex procedures to be performed in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is used to provide deep relaxation and comfort to patients during dental procedures. Administered by a trained anesthesiologist or dentist, IV sedation involves the direct delivery of sedative medications into the patient’s bloodstream through an intravenous line.

This allows for precise control over the level of sedation, ensuring the patient remains in a state of twilight consciousness, responsive to commands but significantly less aware of the procedure’s details. IV sedation is particularly beneficial for patients with severe dental anxiety, complex dental needs, or those undergoing extensive oral surgeries. It not only minimizes discomfort and anxiety but also helps the dental team work efficiently and safely. Dental procedures that might otherwise be too challenging for patients can be performed with confidence and minimal patient distress.

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