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Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions

Man in dental chair talking to dentistAt the Oklahoma City dental office of Joe Isaacson, DDS, our team goes the extra mile to provide dental care in a safe and comfortable dental office environment. Our team members are dedicated to helping patients feel welcome and comfortable during every dental office appointment. Additionally, we offer a range of sedation dentistry options for those patients with dental phobias or sensitive teeth, gums, and gag reflex. Whatever your dental care needs, we’re happy to offer sedation dentistry options to keep you completely comfortable. On this page, you’ll find some answers to sedation dentistry frequently asked questions, but please don’t hesitate to call our team to find out more. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Types of Sedation are Available?

Relaxed woman receiving dental treatmentThere are a wide range of dental sedation options available, beginning with simple local anesthesia or numbing injections. From there, patients may choose to receive mild nitrous oxide sedation, moderate oral conscious or IV sedation, or complete general anesthesia. In our office, we only provide local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, and oral conscious sedation. However, we can work with area hospitals or dental specialists to provide more advanced dentistry treatments using IV sedatives or complete sleep dentistry with general anesthesia.

Who Should Consider Dental Sedation?

Relaxed little boy receiving dental treatmentWe may recommend patients consider dental sedation in the following situations:

  • Severe dental phobia or anxiety
  • Sensitive teeth, gums, and gag reflexes
  • Young patients who may not be able to understand their dental treatments
  • Those who want to complete numerous or complex treatments in fewer visits
  • Patients with physical or cognitive impairments that make dental treatments unsafe or uncomfortable

What is Laughing Gas?

Smiling woman behind front desk of dental officeLaughing gas is nitrous oxide. This form of sedative is used to help patients relax throughout the course of treatment. Patients simply breathe deeply through a nitrous oxide nasal mask throughout their time in the dental office. The effects of nitrous oxide sedation set in quickly, and we can easily adjust the dosage to keep you comfortable throughout your time in our office. Best of all, the effects wear away as quickly as they set in, so you can go right back to your regular routine.

What is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Prescription strength oral conscious sedative pills are taken by mouth. Patients usually take this medication about an hour before their appointment, so it’s great for patients whose dental anxiety makes it difficult for them to even leave home for our office. By the time your reach our practice, you’ll already feel very relaxed. Throughout the procedure, you will remain relaxed and pain free, but you should stay awake and be able to respond to questions. Following treatment, patients typically feel the effects for 12 to 24 hours and should be monitored by a friend or family member through their recovery.

How Long Does Sedation Last?

One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation is that the effects wear off as quickly as they set in. That means you can go right back to your daily routine immediately after treatment. You can even drive yourself to and from your dental visit. Oral sedation medications effect every patient differently. If you’ve ever taken sedatives in the past, you will likely have a similar experience using the oral sedatives we prescribe. If you’ve never taken an oral sedative in the past, it can be hard to determine what effect these medications will have on you. We recommend that patients plan to rest for 12 to 24 hours after taking their last dose of sedative medication. You will also need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your dental office appointment.