Sedation In Cheyenne

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation is the use of medication to relax patients with special needs and dental anxiety. Not only does sedation increase patient comfort by relieving pain and negative emotion, but it also suppresses sensitive gag reflexes, increases patient cooperation, reduces restlessness, improves mobility, lets the dentist get more work done in fewer appointments, and prevents patients from remembering the appointment.

Different types of sedation are administered in different ways. They vary in concentration and intensity and we can help you determine if sedation is right for you during a consultation at Sunlight Dental. Contact us today!

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Dental sedation can help restless patients sit still.

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What to Expect From the Dental Sedation Process

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Consultation

Dr. Christiansen will review your medical history to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for sedation. He’ll need to know if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, have a medical condition, or take medications.

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Preparation

Dr. Christiansen will give you instructions on how to prepare for sedation. You may need to fast for a certain amount of time or arrange for a ride home.

Administration

Laughing gas is administered through a nasal mask. Oral conscious sedation is administered orally through a pill that you will take an hour before your appointment.

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Treatment

Once the sedation kicks in, we will move forward with your dental treatment. You will remain conscious but will feel relaxed and may not remember anything after the appointment.

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Aftercare

If the sedative causes lingering side effects, you will be instructed to take it easy for the rest of the day and will need a ride home.

Sedation Options

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Minimally Inhaled Sedation

Laughing gas or nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that, when inhaled through the nose, causes patients to feel deeply relaxed, euphoric, giddy, and calm. It has a quick onset of just a few minutes so you will immediately feel its effects. 

Laughing gas also requires minimal preparation. We only ask that our patients refrain from eating for 2 hours before their appointment. This is a conscious sedative so you will remain awake during your appointment and aware of your surroundings.

You may feel a little sleepy or even doze off but we can wake you without a lot of effort. Most patients do not remember the appointment after the sedative wears off, even if they were awake the entire time. This mild sedative is very safe and doesn’t linger in the body so you can drive home and return to your normal activities.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Patients with more severe anxiety or who prefer to be more deeply sedated can opt for oral conscious sedation. Even though you are still awake and can respond to the dentist and know what is going on, you will feel more groggy and are more likely to fall asleep, though we can wake you up with a gentle shake. 

You will feel deeply relaxed and worry-free. This sedative is taken orally about an hour before the appointment because it takes a lot longer to kick in. Someone will need to drive you to the dentist because you can’t drive under the influence of this medication. The medication is an anti-anxiety pill usually in the form of a benzodiazepine. 

The effects of the medication can last for up to 24 hours so you will need a ride home and should be monitored for the rest of the day. You will not be able to drive, drink alcohol, or sign legal documents for 24 hours.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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