Nitrous Oxide and IV Sedation
Have you put off an important procedure such as wisdom tooth removal because you're scared of pain? You're not alone.
Drs. Gerald W. Bird and Jay A. Johnson offer sedation options to address this fear and ensure more comfortable and efficient treatment.
Sedation at our Melbourne, FL, office offers benefits to all types of patients...
Why Do Patients Undergo Sedation?
Some of the more common reasons for this type of dentistry include:
Sensitivity to Dental Procedures
Some patients have sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold, which can make them feel uncomfortable when undergoing dental care and treatment.
More Extensive Dental Work
A Pronounced Gag Reflex
Some patients experience gag reflex when undergoing dental procedures or oral surgery. Conscious sedation with anti-anxiety medication can prevent this problem during your treatment session.
Difficulty Staying Still
Some patients have medical conditions that make it difficult to stay still in a dental chair. Sedatives or anesthesia keeps you comfortable and calm during treatment.
"Today was my first experience with this office and if you need an oral surgeon I would highly recommend Dr Johnson and his staff. Everyone was professional and truly caring. I was quite nervous about my procedure but they did everything possible to put me at ease. I called the office when I returned home and my questions were quickly answered." Sharon Krusey - 5-Star Review from Google
The IV Sedation Method
At our Cocoa Beach and Melbourne offices, we use the intravenous (IV) sedation. With this method, a sedative drug is administered through a vein in your hand or arm. We will carefully monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and breathing throughout your treatment and adjust the sedative as necessary to ensure your safety.
Once the medication has been administered, you will experience a deep feeling of relaxation, but you will not be asleep, as is the case with general anesthesia. You will still be able to understand and respond to instructions from your doctor. After treatment, patients have little to no memory of the actual procedure.
Is IV Sedation Right for You?
If you are interested in undergoing IV sedation during your appointment with us, a separate consultation is needed to review your medical history. In addition, patients will need to have a friend, spouse, or other family member drive them home and care for them following oral surgery with IV sedation.
Is this Method Safe?
When administered by a professional who monitors your vital signs throughout treatment, IV sedation is safe. According to a seven-year study that was published in the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, less than three percent of patients experience complications with this method.
IV Sedation vs. Other Anesthetic Options
The IV method provides you with a deeper sense of relaxation than conscious sedation with nitrous oxide or an oral sedative. It not only helps you relax, but makes it easier for your doctor to operate. Additionally, any memories of treatment will be mostly or completely forgotten.
Nitrous oxide or the use of an oral sedative may be better suited to patients undergoing simple dental exams and cleaning. When it comes to more extensive dentistry work or oral surgery, though, the IV method is often the better option. It is a lighter option than general anesthesia, but will still leave you completely comfortable during your dental care appointment.