We offer several methods of sedation in our office to meet the needs of every patient and ensure the most comfortable dental experience possible. The method of sedation that is right for you will depend on the nature of the surgical procedure and your level of nervousness or anxiety. During a consultation before your treatment, Dr. Chowning will discuss your needs and help you decide which option is right for you.
Expert Care and Extensive Training
When it comes to anesthesia, our first priority is the patient’s comfort and safety. We are a step above the rest and Dr. Chowning has extensive training in sedation dentistry. He completed a 6-month residency program that certifies him to administer several different types of sedation. He is also certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
If you have any concerns regarding the type of anesthesia that will be administered during your dental treatment, please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with Dr. Chowning at the time of your consultation.
Types of Sedation Offered at Timberlake Dental
At Timberlake Dental we offer a range of sedation options to meet the needs of every patient. For people with mild nervousness or a strong gag reflex, we recommend nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). We also offer oral conscious sedation and IV sedation for more extensive procedures or for patients who will need to sit in the dentist’s chair for a length of time.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry
Since we offer different types of sedation for different levels of surgeries and treatments, almost any patient can benefit from sedation. Whether you are feeling a little nervous, have a strong gag reflex, or you will need to be sedated for an invasive procedure, we have options for you.
How Does Sedation with Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Work?
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is administered through a small mask that fits comfortably over your nose to help you relax. It is not intended to put you to sleep. Instead, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have, but you’ll be completely relaxed and pain-free.
One significant benefit of sedation with laughing gas is that the effects wear off within minutes once you remove the mask, so you will be able to drive yourself home after treatment and go about the rest of your day just as you normally would.
How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?
Oral conscious sedation is simply a sedative taken in pill form about an hour before your procedure. This medication allows you to stay awake and aware during treatment, but you will feel no discomfort or pain. Patients who opt for oral conscious sedation say they feel drowsy, but relaxed throughout their appointment. Since it can take a few hours for the effects to wear off, you will need to arrange for a ride home after your appointment.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
Before your treatment begins, a thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. With IV sedation, some patients may fall asleep while others report falling in and out of sleep during their procedure.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
As long as you are healthy and do not have any conditions that may rule you out as a candidate, such as serious respiratory problems, sedation is likely a good choice for you.
However, to make sure you’re safely sedated, Dr. Chowning will discuss your medical history, ask about any prescription drugs and supplements you’re taking, as well as other information.