If you need to have dental work completed, we recommend visiting a sedation dentist. At Nothing But Wisdom Teeth, we offer sedation dentistry for patients living in and around the Roseville area. We understand that for millions of adults, visiting the dentist can be an overwhelming or frightening experience due to dental anxiety. This common condition typically starts by a negative experience or becoming fearful of the general idea of dentistry. While common, you do not have to be concerned about visiting our dentist office because we can ensure your comfort the entire time.
When you schedule an appointment with us, let us know if you have dental anxiety so that we can prepare for your visit accordingly. For many people, the actual procedure is not uncomfortable but it is the anxiety and worry that causes angst. With this in mind, we often prescribe an oral sedative or laughing gas that can be administered prior to the appointment to help a person relax. While this is not a pain killer, it eases the fear and relaxes the body so that you can remain peaceful while having teeth cleaned, or dental work performed. While the dosage is different, laughing gas can be used on both children and adults so that all of our Roseville patients can remain comfortable.
Keep Calm & Snore On
We provide IV sedation for patients to help them relax during surgery.
IV sedation provides many benefits to patients who are nervous about their wisdom tooth removal. It is safe and effective and we have seen great results with patients who say the whole procedure was much ‘better’ than they anticipated!
IV Sedation vs. Oral Conscious Sedation
With IV sedation, sedatives are administered intravenously through a port placed with a very small catheter in your arm. Oral conscious sedation involves a patient swallowing a sedative in pill form. These pills are usually diazepam or lorazepam, which relax you, but don’t necessarily put you to sleep. IV sedation is able to put patients in a deeper sleep and we often prescribe diazepam or lorazepam to take before hand to help you sleep the night before and relieve anxiety the morning of surgery. IV sedation takes effect much faster than oral conscious and is more predictable because the drugs are not going through the digestive system first.
Monitoring & supplemental Oxygen
We tailor the combination and dosage of drugs used to suit each individual patient’s needs. Midazolam is as a sedative and fentanyl, hydromorphone or demerol are used to manage pain. (These are the same drugs that are often used for procedures such as colonoscopies and endoscopies.) Once the patient is asleep, Dr. Metro administers local anesthetic as well to make sure no pain is felt. These local anesthetics and pain killers will last for a few hours after you leave, giving you time to settle in a comfy spot at home and get your post-op meds on board.
Patient safety is our top priority and we take every precaution to ensure everything goes smoothly. Dr. Metro is certified in Advanced Life Support (CPR, AED & ER Meds) as well as Advanced Airway Support. All surgical assistants are certified in Basic Life Support (CPR & AED), and the entire team participates in monthly ER training.
During surgery every patient is connected to a monitor which reads for three different vital signs: blood pressure, heart rate/pulse and blood oxygen level. We support patients with supplemental oxygen as an extra safety measure. Dr. Metro is present throughout the entire surgery with two surgical assistants to help support the patient’s jaw and airway. Because extractions are the vast majority of what we do on a daily basis, we have been able to develop a system that provides for maximum safety through repetition and excellent communication.
Dr. Metro checks for an IV site.
What to Expect
If necessary, you will take a pre-med to help you relax the night before and the morning of surgery. Dr. Metro will place the IV, usually in your arm (inside of elbow) and administer the drugs. You will start to feel sleepy very quickly and many patients even start to snore! Depending upon your individual needs, the surgery typically takes no longer than 15 to 30 minutes. You will start to wake up once the extractions are finished and we will monitor you until you are awake, aware and ambulatory. We’ll give you a ride to your car in our awesome wheelchair and you’ll be on the road to recovery!
Types of Sedation Dentistry
There are various levels and types of sedation. During your consultation, we will discuss the recommended procedure with you along with any anxieties you may have. At that time, a recommendation will be made for the type of sedation you may want to consider. The ultimate decision is up to you based on how you believe you will handle the procedure. In many cases, our patients simply need to relax and prefer to use laughing gas in order to do so. It is quick, effective, and wears off when the procedure is finished without impairing any other bodily functions. Some patients use this to relax when getting their teeth cleaned since there is no actual pain associated with the treatment.
When a cavity is being treated or other minor dental work performed, patients may prefer to use a combination of laughing gas and localized pain medication. After numbing the surface of the gums, we can inject pain medication that numbs the area that is being worked on. As a sedation dentist, this is an effective tool for us to prevent and eliminate any discomfort. We can administer as much medication as is necessary throughout the course of the treatment, and only that specific area will remain numb. The benefit of this type of sedation is how localized it is. For example, if a cavity is being treated on one side of the mouth, the other side will remain fully functional. This way you can eat immediately after the treatment while the numbing effect wears off the other side.
If a more intensive procedure is required, patients may prefer IV medication for a more thorough effect. When sedation is administered through this means the numbing effect is more pervasive and not confined to that one specific area of the mouth. It is extremely effective and as a sedation dentist, we find that many of our patients request this type of medication because they want to ensure that they do not feel anything while having dental work performed. If this is the case, the effect can still wear off fairly quickly after the treatment is over, but we do recommend having a friend or family member drive you home just in case.
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For those needing oral surgery, total sedation may be necessary or preferable. This is often referred to as sleep dentistry because a patient is put to sleep and will not remember anything from the procedure. As a sedation dentist, we find that this is an excellent solution when a patient is getting a full smile makeover. When the majority of teeth are being worked on, the procedure can take a significant amount of time. We need to do dental work with precision and that requires not rushing through the procedure. With that in mind, our Roseville patients may find it difficult to hold still when the treatment lasts longer than an hour or two. Going to sleep is a much better option because your body will naturally remain still, you will feel comfortable and not remember what took place during the treatment. If this is your preferred method of sedation dentistry, we will monitor you carefully during the treatment and afterwards to ensure that the anesthesia wears off like it should. You will also need to have someone drive you home and may feel slightly sluggish for the remainder of the day. These types of procedures typically call for rest and relaxation anyway, so take it easy at home before resuming normal activity the next day.
If you live in the Roseville area and are interested in visiting a sedation dentist, call (916) 233-1067 to schedule your appointment. At Nothing But Wisdom Teeth, we will take the time to get to know you and understand what all of your concerns are prior to making a formal recommendation as to the type of sedation dentistry that you should consider. We will also need to know if you have any other health issues, risks, or are allergic to anything. Typically, if you have responded well to pain medication or sedation in other medical treatments, you will do well with sedation dentistry and not experience any negative side effects. Still, if you have questions or concerns be sure to discuss them with us. With any type of dental work, it is important to be well informed and make a decision that you feel is best for your health and your goals. As such, we want you to be an informed and educated patient. Thanks to modern technology, if you are afraid of having dental work done or visiting the dentist in general, you no longer have to be. As a sedation dentist, we can ensure that your experience is a positive one. Call 916-233-1067 for more information or to get started.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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