Dr. Jepsen and I are skilled in the administration of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a method for relaxing anxious patients. It is administered via an oral dosage of anti-anxiety medication taken before your procedure. Often, it is used in conjunction with nitrous oxide for a deeper state of relaxation.
After you take the dose, you will feel completely relaxed. You will peaceful, but you will still be able to respond to questions and requests.
You may have heard radio ads or seen TV spots recently extolling the virtues of sedation dentistry and wondered how it got started. It’s not really a new concept. Dentists and oral surgeons have been working on ways to relax their clients since the mid-1800’s. In 1845, dentist Horace Wells helped introduce the use of nitrous oxide in tooth extraction. The field has been growing and developing ever since.
In recent years, sedation dentistry has been gaining traction in Southeast Idaho. For patients dealing with anxiety over taking a trip to the dentist, it is a terrific option.
There is a quite impressive list of drugs used in sedation dentistry. Some of the most common include:
The drug you are administered will depend on your medical history and any pre-existing conditions. As with any medication, our number one concern is your safety, comfort, and well-being.
Sedation dentistry is well-tolerated by most patients. However, side effects of the medication necessitate that you bring a friend or family member to assist you to and from your appointment. Our staff will keep a watchful eye on you throughout your procedure. Immediately after your procedure, you should plan on taking it easy. Allow some time for you motor skills to return to normal and for the medications to leave your system.