When it comes to patient comfort, the team at Luxe Dental is passionate about ensuring every patient feels welcome, relaxed, and completely comfortable from the moment they arrive. For many patients, our friendly team and relaxing environment are enough, but there are millions of adults in the US who experience some level of dental phobia or anxiety. For these patients as well as those who need numerous procedures or who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes, sedation dentistry may be the best solution. If you’re interested in finding out more about dental sedation, contact our dentist and team. We welcome patients from Lauderhill, Weston, and other nearby locations.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Oral conscious sedation is often the most popular option for those patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia because they begin to experience the sedative effects before ever leaving the comfort of home. At a predetermined time prior to treatment, patients take a prescription sedative pill. Because the sedation begins before patients arrive at our office, they need a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from our practice. As the name oral conscious sedation implies, patients remain awake during their treatment, but they are very relaxed, have reduced pain sensation, and most patients forget the procedure following their visit.
The longest used form of dental sedation, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask. The effects take hold quickly, and the dosage is monitored and adjusted throughout treatment for optimal patient comfort and safety. Nitrous oxide may be used on its own or in combination with oral conscious sedation. During treatment, nitrous oxide makes patients feel at peace and even euphoric, which is how it earned its nickname – laughing gas. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off as quickly as they take effect which means patients are able to resume their regular activities immediately.
Many dental practices are able to offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. However, very few dentists have the training and experience to administer intravenous (IV) sedation. This sedative does not cause patients to be fully asleep, but most patients drowse during care and few remember their visit after they leave. IV sedation combines the flexibility and dosage control of nitrous oxide with the advanced sedative effect of oral conscious sedation. The dentist carefully monitors vitals throughout the administration of the drug which increases patient safety. Patients should plan to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our office and monitor their recovery for at least eight hours following treatment. Patients should be able to resume daily activities about 24 hours after their initial dose.