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Sedation Dentistry – Cambridge & Marietta, OH

Change Your View of Dentistry

Surgical care can be a complex procedure, especially when it involves delicate structures that impact oral health. Understandably, many patients feel frightened or anxious when faced with this kind of procedure, and the discomfort involved may be significant. That’s why our sedation dentist in Cambridge, Dr. Jeff Lee, at Muskingum Valley Oral Surgery offers a variety of options to enhance your comfort. From “laughing gas” to general anesthesia, Dr. Lee will provide you with the safest form of in-office sedation while taking into consideration your overall health and the complexity of the procedure. Your comfort is important to our team, and we strive to provide the excellent, caring approach you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about the various sedation solutions we can provide.

Nitrous Oxide

Man receiving nitrous oxide in Marietta

Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. Considered the mildest form of sedation, it is beneficial in helping patients relax and remain calm throughout the visit. If you have slight dental anxiety, there is a good chance nitrous oxide can help you get through your appointment. Commonly used during dental cleanings or while having a dental filling put into place, it can help take the edge off, especially if you struggle to become numb after receiving local anesthesia.

Dr. Lee will place a small mask over your nose and instruct you to inhale. The mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen will begin to take effect, causing you to become lightheaded and comfortable. You may begin to feel a bit warm or as if you’re falling asleep, but rest assured, you will remain conscious the entire time. You’ll even be able to respond to cues from Dr. Lee and our dental team. One of the best parts about nitrous oxide is being able to return to normal activity immediately following your visit. Once the gas is turned off, the effects immediately dissipate.

IV Sedation

An IV drip in Cambridge

If you suffer from extreme dental anxiety, you’ll likely need more than nitrous oxide to keep you calm. Instead, your sedation dentist in Marietta can recommend IV sedation. This form of treatment is great if you have trouble keeping your appointments because you’re too afraid of the dentist. It’s also ideal if you are planning to have multiple procedures that will require more time in the dentist’s chair.

Administered via an IV into your hand or the bend of your arm, the sedatives used will begin to take effect and help you remain comfortable, at ease, and completely calm throughout the procedure. Unlike general anesthesia that causes you to become unconscious, you will remain cognizant of your surroundings and be able to respond to Dr. Lee. Your vitals will be monitored throughout your procedure to ensure you remain safe. Of course, once your treatment is complete, you will need someone to take you home, as the effects can take 12 hours or more to wear off.

With IV sedation, you may feel as if you slept the entire time because you will likely feel a bit drowsy or groggy afterward. It’s also a good possibility that you won’t remember much from your visit, which can be helpful if you don’t like going to the dentist.

General Anesthesia

Patient under general anesthesia in Marietta

Patients undergoing general anesthesia are asked not to drink or eat anything for around eight hours before their procedure. Medications that are approved ahead of time are the only exception.

Upon arrival, general anesthesia renders the patient unconscious. It’s good to know that oral and maxillofacial surgeons undergo anesthesiology training during their required residency program, so they have the experience that helps patients feel more at ease before their procedure. Monitoring equipment shows the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing levels so we are sure they’re doing well. Once the procedure is complete, they’re allowed to rest for a time before being discharged. It’s necessary for patients who undergo general anesthesia to have a trusted companion to take them home following their procedure and keep an eye on them until the effects have worn off.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Patient learning sedation dentistry eligibility in Cambridge

When oral surgery is required, you can trust our team to recommend the appropriate form of sedation to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the procedure. Depending on the complexity of the treatment, general anesthesia may be best simply because of the duration; however, IV sedation and nitrous oxide may also be viable options. If you experience any of the following, there is a good chance you’ll be eligible to receive sedation dentistry:

  • You have phobias of the tools involved with the procedure, such as drills or needles
  • You have a strong, sensitive gag reflex
  • You have mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety
  • You have a physical disability that makes it hard for you to sit for long periods due to discomfort
  • You had previous trauma at a dental office
  • You need multiple procedures performed during one appointment

It is essential that you share your medical history with our team to ensure that no complications or interactions occur.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Do you still have a few lingering questions on your mind about sedation dentistry in Cambridge? We’ve got you covered! To start, our knowledgeable and friendly team can answer any specific questions you have over the phone or during your appointment. Plus, we’ve responded to some of the most common ones we hear from patients right here in case you’d prefer to do your research online first.

Is sedation dentistry worth it? 

Whether you struggle with dental-related anxiety or you need extensive dental work done, sedation dentistry can result in a much more comfortable and enjoyable visit. Plus, there are several other benefits to consider, including the fact that it allows more dentistry to be done in a single visit. So, many patients find that opting for even a mild form of sedation, like nitrous oxide, is well worth it.

Does dental sedation make you tell secrets? 

A common myth surrounding dental sedation is that the calming effects will act as a “truth serum,” causing you to share secrets that you would’ve otherwise kept private. Don’t worry – it’s nothing more than a myth. Even if you did share something personal, you can have peace of mind knowing that information will be kept within the walls of the treatment room.

Does dental sedation put you to sleep? 

It is possible that you will doze off during your treatment. That’s how powerful the calming effects are! Ultimately, the likelihood of you falling asleep will depend on the type of sedation. For example, patients who undergo oral conscious sedation will experience a deeper state of relaxation compared to those who opt for nitrous oxide. Regardless, you’ll still be able to respond to verbal commands and, if needed, gently be nudged awake.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation? 

Even if you stay awake during your treatment, it’s very likely that you won’t remember much of your time in the treatment chair. The more powerful the sedative, the less you’ll recall. The good news is that the anterograde amnesia will help ease your anxiety moving forward, allowing you to have a more positive association with your dentist’s office/taking care of your teeth.

Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance? 

Since sedation dentistry is considered a “luxury,” it’s typically not covered by dental insurance providers. Of course, there are some exceptions. If the procedure is especially complex or you have a disability that makes it impossible to receive the necessary care you need without it, then coverage may be available. If you aren’t familiar with your benefits, that’s okay. Our team would be more than happy to help you navigate your plan and understand the cost completely.