At Darby & Johnson we pride ourselves on providing a great patient experience for all of our patients. An important part of that is making sure our patients are comfortable during the procedure. We know that many people are anxious about dental work, but rest assured that we have all the options available when it comes to sedation. We would be happy to go through all the sedation options with you at your examination, to allow for the best option for your individual situation. Before administering any sedative the doctor must analyze your full medical history and take note of any current medications.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Administered through a small mask, nitrous oxide sedation (commonly called laughing gas) is an extremely safe and effective method of sedation that works to help reduce anxiety in many dental patients. In addition to its calming effects on the dental patient, the other benefits of nitrous oxide sedation method include:
· Short recovery time
· Short duration of onset
An effective method of conscious sedation involves the administration of oral sedative drugs. Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation. The medications commonly used are sedatives such as Diazepam or Triazelam. These medications allow you to relax, and many people don’t remember all the procedure afterwards. We can discuss the benefits of this type of sedation at your upcoming appointment. It will be necessary for a responsible adult to take you to and from the office the day of the procedure.
Intravenous (IV Sedation)
IV sedation is one the most effective means of anxiety relief that can be performed in the dental office. It is performed with Dr. Darby or Dr. Johnson administering the sedative medications directly into the bloodstream using an IV line. Although you will likely be awake during the procedure, it greatly reduces anxiety. It is very unlikely that you will remember the procedure afterwards, which is one of the effects of the medication that patients appreciate. It is an extremely effective method to alleviate pain and reduce anxiety at the same time.
One of the advantages is that adjustments in the dosage can be made quickly, so we can adapt to each patient’s individual needs. We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. To ensure the most optimal state of care, the clinical department closely monitors the patient’s breathing and blood pressure. Special monitoring equipment is also used such as an ECG monitor, pulse oximeter and capnography device to ensure patient safety. The doctors are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) trained and certified.