Does going to the dentist make you feel anxious? Maybe you had a bad experience with a dentist in the past, or maybe you have a physical condition that makes dental care uncomfortable. If so, you’re certainly not alone! That’s why at Generations Dental Care, we’re proud to offer sedation dentistry in Concord. With calming nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation, or IV dental sedation, we can help you overcome these obstacles and make your next visit a relaxing one. What’s more, we’ve partnered with the specialists at Blue Sky Anesthesia Associates to ensure your dental sedation is as safe and effective as possible. To learn more, read on or give us a call.
Nitrous oxide sedation is more commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” This colorless, odorless gas is administered through a small mask that’s placed over your nose. Within moments of inhaling in, you’ll begin to feel light, warm, and relaxed. You shouldn’t feel any sensations of pain or anxiety, and we can adjust your level of sedation if needed at any time during your treatment. Afterwards, you’ll return to your normal state of alertness within just a few minutes. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and continue your day without interruption!
For a slightly deeper level of relaxation, we may recommend oral conscious sedation. Before you arrive for your appointment, you’ll take an antianxiety medication that we’ve prescribed you, and you’ll begin to feel calm before you even get to our office. Oral conscious sedation is a more powerful form of dental sedation than nitrous oxide sedation, but it will not “put you to sleep.” Though you will feel groggy afterwards and will not likely remember your treatment, you will remain conscious throughout your treatment. However, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home afterwards.
The most powerful form of sedation dentistry is IV sedation. For this option, the sedative is delivered directly to your blood stream via a small needle in your hand or arm. To ensure your sedation is as safe and effective as possible, this will be performed by a specialist from our partners at Blue Sky Anesthesia Associates. Together, we will monitor you during your treatment and adjust your level of sedation if needed. IV sedation will put you in a dream-like state of relaxation, and it’s unlikely you will remember anything of it afterward. 30-60 minutes after waking from your dream-like state from IV sedation, you’ll be ready to have another adult drive you home, where you should rest for the remainder of the day.
Sedation dentistry is incredibly safe, especially when administered by highly trained professionals. The safety and comfort of our patients is our top priority, which is why we’re proud to partner with the sedation specialists of Blue Sky Anesthesia Associates. Dr. Dwayne Thibeault has over 20 years of experience to draw from and will create a sedation plan that is tailored to your specific needs and health. He’s happy to answer all your questions and concerns and will ensure that your IV dental sedation at our office goes as smoothly as possible.
The only way to know for sure if dental sedation is right for you or which option would be best for you is to come visit us for a consultation. We’ll review your health, medical history, and unique circumstances to determine the answers to these questions. You may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you: