Sedation Dentistry in West Broward County
The thought of visiting the dentist can elicit feelings of anxiety for some people, and as a result, they might not be motivated to seek necessary dental care. At West Broward Dental Associates, we understand! We are here to help create a nurturing environment where you feel comfortable and safe each time you visit us.
Take the Edge off of Dental Care
For patients who would like to ‘take the edge off’ of routine procedures such as cleanings, or even cosmetic and restorative services such as dental implants and veneers, we offer anxiolysis oral sedation. It’s the lightest level of sedation that allows you to completely relax during your appointment.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and trusted tool utilized by trained dentists who administer a carefully measured amount of sedative medicine to assist in creating a calm experience for the patient.
Taken in pill form, it is typically ingested about an hour before your procedure to safely reduce any levels of stress or anxiety. While you remain conscious and aware of your surroundings, it does require a friend or loved one to drive you to and from your appointment.
Good News for Our Patients
Today’s dentistry has developed to provide efficient and minimally invasive dental care that is generally pain and needle free! Despite the level of sophistication of our technology, though, you still may experience some hesitation in receiving dental care, and for that, we can help! There is a form of sedation that will not only help you relax, but will increase your confidence in receiving necessary treatment:
- Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas”, reduces anxiety and any perception of pain. Fast acting, most patients feel relaxed almost instantly. It wears off just as quickly, without side effects.
- Oral Sedation Medication is prescribed in the form of pills taken before your procedure, allowing you to remain conscious, relaxed, and aware of your surroundings. Most patients report that it is an easy, calm experience.
Nitrous Oxide Oral Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. You will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, leaving you to sit back peacefully while your dental procedure is performed. In most cases all dental work can be completed in one visit while you are sedated. Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. Once the procedure is over the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and you will probably be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities. If you have been worried about your next dental visit its time to stop! Ask us about sedation dentistry and schedule your appointment today.
Anxiolysis Oral Sedation
Anxiolysis is a form of oral sedation using a light sedative, such as valium. It is not as strong as oral conscious sedation, so it is recommended for those with mild to moderate anxiety. You will remain conscious for the procedure, but any tension and anxiety will fade away. You will be able to talk and breathe on your own during the procedure as well. What can be a nerve-racking experience for some is morphed into a relaxing experience.
After the procedure, you need to have someone drive you home for your safety. If you have been fretting having dental work done, call us to learn about our anxiety free options for dentistry.
Benefits of Anxiolysis Oral Sedation
Anxiolysis is preferred for shorter duration treatments that are roughly 90 minutes or less, however, it is still appropriate–and effective–for longer appointments as well as:
Patients who may experience fear and/or anxiety before and during treatment
Invasive procedures such as tooth extractions
Patients who have a sensitive gag reflex
Oral Sedation FAQ
Who is a candidate for sedation?
If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.
Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well. If you are not sure if you are a candidate ask your dentist.
Will I be unconscious?
No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.
How long will I be sedated?
Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.
Are there any long term effects of sedation?
No. You will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.
What procedures can be performed under sedation?
Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask our dentists if sedation is available for a particular procedure.
How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?
In most cases it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.
Will my insurance cover sedation?
In most cases it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost.
West Broward Dental Associates: Your Family Dentist
Your comfort and oral health is our top priority. We are committed to building trusting relationships with each patient so that each dental procedure is efficient, safe, and comfortable. Whether it’s a professional cleaning, replacement of missing teeth, or a dental implant, we will ensure that you feel taken care of!
We are proud to serve as your local family dentist serving Margate, Coral Springs, Tamarac, Coconut Creek, Parkland, Pompano Beach and nearby. Call us today at 954-975-7900 to schedule your appointment!