SmileSense is happy to offer three types of sedation for procedures that patients may be anxious about. The types of sedation for adults are:
Oral Sedation: Similar to taking Ativan for anxiety, Dr. Dan will review your medical history and prescribe an appropriate amount of oral sedative to be taken in the office, where you will then be monitored for an hour before starting the procedure. You will be monitored by a blood-pressure cuff and Pulse oximeter which measures your oxygen saturation level, or the oxygen levels in your blood. You will require a ride home from this appointment, as well as a capable guardian to monitor you for 24-48 hours following. This is to ensure your safety after you leave our office. Your guardian will be given written instructions on how to care for you following oral sedation.
IV Sedation: Less intense than General Anesthetic, IV Sedation is a combination of medications to suppress your consciousness. You are still able to breathe, and sometimes talk and have a conversation, but your memory will be limited and you may not remember any of the appointment. Dr. Dan and our Registered Nurse will review your medical history. You will be monitored by a blood-pressure cuff and pulse oximeter which measures your oxygen saturation level, or the oxygen levels in your blood. An IV will be started and, upon consult with Dr. Dan, IV medications will be started. Our Registered Nurse will monitor you, your blood pressure, and your oxygen saturation and continuously consult with Dan throughout the procedure to administer more or less medication. After the procedure is finished, the drugs will “wear off” and you will be allowed to leave. You will require a ride home from this appointment, as well as a capable guardian to monitor you for 24-48 hours following. This is to ensure your safety after you leave our office. Your guardian will be given written instructions on how to care for you following IV Sedation.
Nitrous oxide: Usually known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide works best on children. A small rubber nosepiece is fitted over their nose and through that a mixture of nitrous gas and oxygen are administered. After a short amount of time, they should be relaxed enough to allow us to perform the procedure. Sometimes children will even fall asleep during the procedure! After we are done working on them, the gas is stopped and the child breathes in 100% pure oxygen for at least 5 minutes. Laughing gas is very safe to use on children, and once they breathe in the oxygen after the procedure the gas is out of their system.
It is required that patients do not eat or drink for 6 hours prior to having any kind of sedation. If you have to take medication they can be taken with a small sip of water. Any further instructions will be given to you at your consult appointment.
There is no referral necessary for sedation. A consult will be needed prior to your appointment, to give Dr. Dan an opportunity to review your medical history and accurately assess which type of sedation will work best for you.