We offer two forms of sedation: Nitrous Oxide Analgesia, as a gas you breathe in through your nose, and Moderate Sedation, which is typically accomplished intravenously.
Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, as well as taking note of any current medications. Following is an overview of the dental sedatives our office offers.
Nitrous Oxide Analgesia
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is a mild sedative and makes you feel more comfortable during your appointment. Nitrous oxide evokes a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety during the procedure. Nearly all patients can have nitrous oxide and patients who have used it before report very few, if any, side effects. It's one of the safest anti-anxiety techniques available.
During your dental procedure, nitrous oxide is administered by placing a soft rubber hood over your nose through which you receive the gas. You simply breathe in and out through your nose as you would normally breathe. If you are like most patients, you will begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within minutes. Following treatment, the effects of this gas are completely reversed within minutes, simply by breathing normally. In fact, you will be able to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.
IV sedation, or intravenous sedation as it is sometimes called, allows the doctor to customize the level of sedation for each patient's specific needs. This method utilizes intravenous medications to achieve the exact level of sedation needed to provide comfort for the patient. If the dental procedure is a lengthy one, IV sedation is especially helpful, because medication can be added as needed to maintain the patient's comfort level. With the IV method, most patients will have little memory of what happened during the procedure and will have a comfortable overall experience.
Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are stopped. It is important to remember that on the day of the appointment you will need someone to bring you to our office, stay in the office during your entire appointment, take you home and stay with you until you have completely recovered.
It is important to note that not all people are able to receive IV sedation in an office setting. Prior to performing any sedation procedure, the doctor thoroughly reviews your medical history before approving treatment with sedation.
DAY OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR MODERATE SEDATION
- Important – Do not eat or drink anything for SIX HOURS prior to your scheduled procedure.
- Notify your dentist immediately of any changes, even minor, in your physical condition, such as cold, nausea, bleeding etc.
- Wear a casual loose fitting, short-sleeved top.
- Do not wear fingernail polish, jewelry, or contact lenses.
- If you have an inhaler, bring it with you.
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult (such as a family member or close friend) to accompany you to our office for the entire duration of your procedure, and drive you home after treatment.
- A caregiver must be available to care for you for the 24 hours following your dental procedure.
- Finances must be taken care of prior to the start of treatment as you are 'under the influence' following the treatment.
DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR MODERATE SEDATION
- You have been given a medicine that causes drowsiness. The medicine may also cause temporary clumsiness or poor balance, and can cause poor judgment. You should not drive after receiving this medication until the day after the procedure. You should have a responsible adult drive you home.
- You should not operate machinery for 24 hours.
- You should not make any important decisions for twenty four hours.
- You should avoid dangerous activities such as bicycling, swimming, or working at heights for the remainder of the day.
- You may temporarily feel sick, weak, or dizzy. This is normal. Some people will vomit if they eat too soon. As soon as you feel like you can eat or drink without vomiting, you should try water or clear liquids. You can progress to solid food if the fluids do not cause nausea and you are feeling well. Avoid heavy or greasy foods for the remainder of the day.
- If pain medication has been prescribed for you, ask the dentist how soon it is safe to take them.
- You should not take any alcohol, sleeping pills, or medicines that cause drowsiness for 24 hours.
- If you have any questions please call Rochester Endodontics at (507) 288-8363.
- If you feel there is a medical emergency call 911 or go directly to the hospital emergency department.