There are four levels of sedation/anesthesia that we offer:
1. Local Anesthesia
2. Nitrous Oxide
3. Oral Sedation
4. General Anesthesia/I.V. Sedation
Level 1 – Local Anesthesia
- Local Anesthesia is when your dentist or hygienist numbs the area of your mouth where you will be receiving treatment. To numb the area they use a Lidocaine and Septocaine mixutre which is then injected into the nerve(s) connected to the area. We apply a small amount of topical numbing gel inside your mouth before this procedure, so you won’t feel the pinch of the needle.
Level 2 – Laughing Gas
- Laughing gas is commonly referred to as Nitrous Oxide. Laughing Gas is a safe vapor that is inhaled through a small mask that is placed over the nose. When inhaled, it has a sweet smell and helps the patient to feel more relaxed. The effects of this gas wear off soon after your mask is removed.
Level 2 – Oral Sedation
- Oral sedation is a prescribed dosage of medicine that once swallowed, will allow you to relax. We use a liquid called Versed. Versed slows down the nervous system relieving any stress or anxiety you may have towards your procedure.
Level 3 – IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia or IV Sedation is what most individuals think of when they hear the words sedation. General Anesthesia is most commonly used with the extractions of Wisdom Teeth. Your doctor will administer an IV into your arm that contains medication that will put you to sleep almost immediately. This is a great way for an individual to have a quick procedure with minimal pain.
We offer all types of Sedation to our patients. For children, we have the option to do general anesthesia in our operating room via our sister company, The Center of Surgical Arts. We have an anesthesiologist who is experienced in putting people to sleep with gas so that the child does not feel the IV and the doctor can safely complete any treatment necessary and the child can leave our office with a healthier mouth!