Sedation Dentistry

We understand you may have some fears related to seeing the dentist, or having a dental procedure done. This is more common than most people realize and can be intense for some. Dr. Pickel and his staff are aware of the special needs fearful dental patients require. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We offer our patients several “conscious sedation” options.

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)

  • Nitrous Oxide is a good choice for patients who are a little anxious about their dental appointment. It helps patients relax, giving them a “floating” feeling, often accompanied with a mild tingling and numb feeling in the finger tips and lips.
  • Its effects resolve immediately after stopping use, allowing patients to recover very quickly and drive home after the appointment.

Oral Sedation

  • This anesthesia option is a great option for patients who may be anxious about their dental treatment and may want an extra level of comfort.
  • Oral sedation can be used for any dental procedure if the patient chooses. With this option, we can perform more procedures in one appointment saving you time and worry.
  • A prescription for medication is given before the day of treatment. Doses are recommended depending on the patient, but often include taking one dose the night before the appointment, another dose 1 hr prior to the appointment, and possibly another dose during the appointment depending on the patient.
  • With this option, a relaxing level of sedation is achieved and the patient is relaxed but awake during the appointment.
  • A patient choosing this option will require another person to accompany them to the appointment who can drive them to and from the appointment and watch over them until they are completely recovered.

What is “Conscious Sedation?”

Conscious sedation is a very effective way to treat your dental anxiety and to help you feel more comfortable during your visit.

Conscious sedation dentistry allows you to enter a state of relaxation while staying awake during the procedure. Although you won’t feel any pain, you’ll be able to respond to your dentist’s questions and commands. As communication is key with any dentist-patient relationship, conscious sedation is an excellent option for fearful dental patients.

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