Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics -  - Orthodontist

Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Orthodontist & Pediatric Dentistry located in Glendale, AZ

Not many people love going to the dentist, especially if major dental work is required. Some people develop anxiety that keeps them from getting the dental care they need. At Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Glendale, Arizona, the highly trained team wants to make your dental experience positive. They offer sedation dentistry to help you feel fully relaxed during your appointment and procedure. Call to schedule your next dental appointment or book online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

During sedation dentistry, you feel fully relaxed. Sedation is often helpful for people who have:

  • Anxiety about dental visits
  • Trouble sitting still for long time periods
  • Special needs
  • Sensitive teeth
  • A bad gag reflex
  • The need for extensive dental work

Discuss the reasons for wanting sedation dentistry with your dentist to determine if you’re a good candidate for it. Depending on your treatment plan, they might even recommend it for you.

What are the different types of sedation dentistry?

Some of the different types of sedation available at Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics include:

Nitrous oxide

You might know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” This inhalation sedation technique is effective for keeping you relaxed during dental visits without any lasting effects. Your dentist administers nitrous oxide through your nose and mouth. 

Oral sedation

During oral sedation, you take a pill, which makes you drowsy, prior to your dental procedure. You might even fall asleep. However, your dentist can easily wake you up if necessary during your appointment. 

Moderate IV sedation

During moderate intravenous (IV) sedation, your provider administers medication directly into your bloodstream using a very fine needle. You remain conscious, but in a deep state of relaxation, so you’re not bothered by what’s going on around you. IV sedation often produces partial or full memory loss for the duration of its use. 

General anesthesia

With general anesthesia, your provider gives you medications that make you unconscious during a dental procedure. A technician monitors your pulse and oxygen levels throughout treatment to ensure you stay safe during sedation. You wake up after the anesthesia wears off.

What happens after sedation?

A friend or family member must drive you home following sedation or general anesthesia, as you might remain groggy for several hours after treatment. You can drive home following the administration of laughing gas. 

Which type of sedation dentistry is right for me?

Your Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provider works with you to find a type of sedation that’s right for you. They take into consideration the type of dental work you require, the level of anxiety you have, and your preferences. 

Learn more about sedation dentistry by calling Paseo Ranch Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or booking an appointment online.