Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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It is normal for some people to have apprehension about going to the dentist. Most people deal with this apprehension with little difficulty. Some people have more than a little apprehension. Whether it’s due to a past experience or some other reason, their fear often keeps them from going to the dentist for even routine care. Sooner or later, it catches up with them. A visit to the dentist becomes a feared necessity.

Fortunately, there are a number of methods we can utilize to reduce fear and anxiety.

Sedation allows patients to feel more comfortable when it comes to having complex and lengthy procedures. As a result of sedation, patients may feel as though an extensive treatment only lasted a few minutes. Sedation simply helps reduce overall nervousness and anxiety that sometimes accompany a visit to the dentist.


Sedation Options

At Implant Dentistry of Florida, we offer a number of sedation options. These include:

  • Local Anesthesia
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Minimal Sedation
  • Moderate (Conscious) Sedation

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia eliminates any discomfort or pain of the treatment. Agents block conduction along the nerve pathways so that patients do not feel the pain. Commonly referred to as “Novocain”, the anesthetic most commonly used in dentistry is Lidocaine. Novocain was the first used synthetic local anesthetics. A significant percentage of the population has an allergy to Novocain and as a result, Lidocaine was developed. Lidocaine is an extremely safe and effective local anesthetic agent. It remains the number one used local anesthetic in dentistry and medicine today. Septocaine, developed a few years ago, seems to produce more profound anesthesia with half the dosage. Regardless of any other sedation techniques, local anesthesia ensures a pain-free visit.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry since the 1800s. It is also known as “laughing gas”, “happy gas”, or “sweet air”. It produces slight euphoria and has a calming effect. Nitrous oxide is inert and will be completely eliminated from your body about 5-10 minutes after its administration has been discontinued. The advantages of nitrous oxide are its calming effect and the ability for you to drive yourself to and from the office. We deliver nitrous oxide along with oxygen. After we stop administering the nitrous oxide, you breathe 100% oxygen for 5-10 minutes and are then ready to drive home.

Minimal Sedation

For patients who experience slightly more anxiety at the dental office, we can administer oral sedatives. Patients will take these tablets by mouth about one hour before the procedure. Valium, Lorazepam, or Halcion are the most common anti-anxiety agents we give. These medications produce a very calm state and reduce most anxiety. In addition, many of these medications have very good amnesia properties, meaning you may not remember much of your visit. Due to the tranquilizer effect of these medications, you cannot drive while taking them and must have someone take you to and from the office.

Moderate (Conscious) Sedation

For patients who experience a high degree of anxiety – those scared to death – moderate (conscious) sedation is the highest level of sedation we offer. Dr. Clark administers the sedation medications through an intravenous (IV) line in your arm or hand. We administer the right dosage for you. We will continuously monitor your blood oxygen saturation, pulse rate, blood pressure and heart rhythm. You will also receive supplemental oxygen. With moderate (conscious) sedation, you are awake and able to respond to commands but are in a state of extreme relaxation. Most patients have no memory of the procedure and afterward, think that they were asleep for the entire time. Due to the medications we administer, you must have someone bring you to and from the office.

Why Choose Implant Dentistry of Florida?

Dr. Clark Brown was trained in intravenous moderate (conscious) sedation at Georgetown University Hospital and in the United States Air Force. He has been practicing moderate (conscious) sedation since 1978 and is licensed in conscious (adult – moderate) sedation by the State of Florida’s Board of Dentistry. He maintains CPR/AED and ACLS certifications. In addition, he regularly takes continuing education classes in sedation and emergency medical management. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Florida Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

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If you would like more information about sedation dentistry, contact our office today! Call (321) 372-7700 to schedule a consultation with Implant Dentistry of Florida today!

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