Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation
Do you feel nervous or stressed about dental treatment? Well you’re not alone; in fact, almost 30 percent of the population experiences “dental phobia” when faced with visiting the dentist. If you, like many others, suffer from dental anxiety, have a severe gag reflex, have jaw pain or have had bad dental experiences in the past, sedation dentistry or “sleep dentistry” may be a good choice for you. With intravenous conscious sedation (IV Sedation) you will be placed in a completely relaxed state of conscious sedation for your entire dental procedure. You will be awake and able to communicate with the Dr. Bauder and his assistants, but you won’t feel any anxiety, discomfort or have memory of the procedure. You are truly asleep during your treatment.
Dr. Bauder is one of Soldotna’s leading sedation dentists. He is one of only a few sedation dentists on the Kenai Peninsula that is trained and qualified to provide all forms of sleep dentistry including oral sedation, IV conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that allows full monitoring; an EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, a crash cart, defibrillator and airway supplies. Under IV sedation Dr. Bauder can do 4-6 hours of dentistry in one sitting. Our entire team is here to restore your oral health and provide the finest dental treatment in a calm, compassionate and caring manner.
There’s NO anxiety and NO fear. Patients tell us they felt no pain, and that the whole appointment felt like a pleasant dream. Not what most people expect from a dental visit.
Please Note: You will not be able to drive when sedated so we ask that you pre-plan to have a driver that will be able to stay with you for the entire duration of your appointment and can then take you home when your appointment is completed.
You Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry if you Experience any of the Following:
-Fear of Dental Care.
-Uncontrollable Gag Reflexes.
-Complex Dental Problems.
-Traumatic Dental Experiences.
-Fear of Needles and Shots.
-Trouble Getting Numb.
Oral Conscious Sedation/Anti-Anxiety Pre-Medication
In addition to IV sedation we also offer oral conscious sedation which comes in the form of a pill or can be crushed and mixed with juice or water. Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear needles. It is generally taken before an appointment and/or during an appointment to relieve anxiety in the hours immediately before an appointment. You will be conscious but your senses aren't as sensitive and you may not remember anything before or during the appointment. It can also be taken the night before an appointment to help with falling asleep and getting rest. It is recommended that a person not operate a vehicle or heavy machinery after sedation so we ask that you pre-plan to have a driver that will be able to take you to your appointment, stay with you for the entire duration of your appointment and can then take you home when your appointment is over.
Most of the drugs used in oral sedation dentistry are classified as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures. Each medication has a different half-life, meaning that the effects last for varying amounts of time. The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective.
Some of the Most Common Drugs Used in Oral Conscious Sedation
-Valium: This sedative has amnesic properties and a long half-life. It is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.
-Halcion: Usually used to treat insomnia, Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties. A short half-life makes this sedative useful for shorter procedures.
-Ativan: This sedative is best known for reducing anxiety. It has amnesic properties and a medium half-life. Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours.
-Versed: This sedative has the shortest half-life and is therefore less commonly used. It alleviates anxiety in much the same way as nitrous oxide, and is used for visits that will take less than 30 minutes.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O) AKA Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedation option that Dr. Bauder may recommend to make you feel more comfortable during your appointment, but it will not put you to sleep and you will fully remember your entire appointment, hear and see everything, etc... The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through the nose with the help of a small facial mask. Once the mask is placed over your nose you will be asked to take a couple of deep breaths through your nose and within a few short minutes the effects from the nitrous will kick in. Before removing the mask we flush your lungs with oxygen for a few minutes, clearing the nitrous out of your system and then you are free to go. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
If you feel like you would benefit from any of these sedation options please do not hesitate to tell anyone at our office. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A FREE SEDATION CONSULTATION or please call our office at (907)262-8404.
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