Are you in need of sedation dentistry in the Boston, MA area? Read below to learn about the options offered in our Boston office and then call us at (508) 340-4071 to book your free consultation.
Nitrous oxide is used in roughly one third of dental practices in the United States, especially to allay anxiety that many patients may have toward dental treatment, and it offers some degree of painkilling ability. The benefits of nitrous oxide are many, and the risks are few. The gas is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. As a precaution, patients should not eat anything for about two hours prior to use of the gas. The patient begins to feel a pleasant level of sedation in anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes. The cheeks and gums will also begin to feel numb in about a third of the patients. After the gas is adjusted to the appropriate dose, and the patient is relaxed and sedated in our Boston office, the dentist can comfortably give the anesthetic injection (if needed) to the patient, and then proceed with dental treatment. After the treatment is completed, the patient is given pure oxygen to breathe for about five minutes, and all the effects of sedation are usually reversed. Unlike IV sedation or general anesthesia, the patient can almost always leave the office by themselves, without an escort.
Sedation is an alteration of your senses. Although awake, you may be given medications by mouth or in a vein that will lessen your ability to perceive what you are going through. This may include a mixture of medications. The local anesthesia is injected after the sedation begins. Depending on the type of sedation, many do not remember the operation. Sedation takes some time to wear off. You may need a short period of observation after surgery as you recover. The observation is usually first in a recovery area and then on the ambulatory floor. Do not plan much for the remaining part of the day as you recover. When our patients receive sedation dentistry in our Boston office, we prefer that they arrange to be with someone and not alone during their recovery.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Sedation with oral sedation, is when a prescription sedative is taken the night before the appointment to guarantee a good night’s sleep. Additional medications are provided at the appointment to create the ultimate in relaxation. Fortunately, sedation medications have an amnesic effect. That means there is very little, in any memory of the sights, smells or sounds of the visit. A companion is required to drive the patient to and from appointments.
To learn more about the sedation dentistry offered in our Boston, MA office, please schedule a consultation by calling us at (508) 340-4071.View Sedation Brochure