Dr. Abeyta offers two types of conscious sedation:
Oral sedation with anti-anxiety medication and nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
What is Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients, who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.
The majority of dental patients have related that anxiety to have dental treatment is a primary reason to avoid visiting the dentist. Dr. Abeyta will consult with you regarding any concerns about treatment and if conscious sedation is right for you.
Conscious sedation is extremely safe when administered by qualified providers.
Dr. Abeyta is highly trained with many hours of training devoted to patient care and safety. Because patients can slip into a deep sleep, proper monitoring of conscious sedation is necessary. Healthcare providers monitor patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level and alertness throughout and after the procedure.
Written postoperative care instructions should be given to the patient to take home. Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after receiving conscious sedation.
Nitrous Oxide, or more commonly known as Laughing Gas, is breathed through a mask during your appointment. Laughing Gas will allow you to be aware of your surroundings while giving you a sense of bliss. Laughing Gas is most effective for people that have mild to moderate dental anxiety. Laughing Gas will also allow you to return to your normal activities, including being able to drive yourself to your appointment.
Oral Sedation is the use of anti-anxiety medication taken a few hours before your appointment. Oral Sedation will calm you before and during your appointment. These pills also can help you to relax and relieve any anxiety you may have. Oral Sedation is one of the best options for conscious sedation in patients that have moderate to severe dental anxiety. Because these pills also help with falling asleep, you must make sure that someone else will be able to bring you and pick you up from your appointment.
In both cases of conscious sedation, we will still give you a local anesthetic to make sure that you feel absolutely no pain at your appointment.