Are you terrified of getting dental procedures done? If you are in serious need of dental work, but are avoiding a visit to the dentist out of fear, you may be negatively affecting your overall health. Sedation dentistry is a way to calm nerves and provide sedation during dental procedures in order to get necessary dental work done.

Oral Conscious Sedation

In our practice, we follow the DOCS protocols. Typically, the medication will consist of one or more of several drugs: Valium, Halcion, Ativan, Versed, Sonata and Vistaril. The combination of drugs will reduce anxiety, relax the muscles, and offer mild pain-reducing properties. We determine the precise kind and amounts of medication on a case by case basis, depending on your needs, situation and biochemistry.

You will typically take a dose of a single medication the night before your appointment. Once you’re at our office, you will take additional medication and will be monitored at all times for safety. As soon as you’re fully relaxed, we proceed with treatment.

Oral conscious sedation is meant for patients who suffer from extreme anxiety, suffer from a severe gag reflex, and those undergoing long, complex treatments.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is inhaled through the nose and puts you into a relaxed and comfortable state without using the drug “cocktail” needed for oral conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide is mostly used for non-invasive procedures such as fillings, veneers, and some general dentistry services. After the procedure is finished, nitrous oxide leaves the body quickly. In 3-5 minutes, you will be back to normal and will be able to drive yourself home.

* We do not use any drugs or medications that are not compatible with your body. Dr. Erwin will test your biochemistry before administering any sedation medication. With any treatment, we want to support your total health and well-being. Our procedures will always remain patient-centered.

Other Forms of Stress Relief/ Pain Management

The NeuroSCENAR 97.4+ is a therapeutic tool for pain management and stress reduction. It can also be used to speed healing and reduce swelling and infection risks after dental surgery. Such non-invasive, drug-free therapy is done by sending low-voltage electrical signals to the brain via the nerves, activating the body’s ability to heal itself. The device taps into the natural pharmacy of the body, releasing bioactive neuropeptides that gradually and gently restore the body’s natural balance.

There are also a plethora of herbs that can reduce anxiety, relax muscles, and even block pain! Some of these herbs include: valerian root, hops, passionflower, chamomile, and lavender.

The best thing you can do is talk to Dr. Erwin and our staff about your fears and expectations. That way, a game plan can be devised and some fears can be squashed.