Does this sound familiar – it’s the day of your dental appointment. A simple checkup visit. Your teeth look and feel fine. You don’t think you’ll need anything but a simple exam and teeth cleaning. You tell yourself to relax. Your visit is going to be smooth and uneventful. There’s nothing to worry about. Yet, the closer it gets to the time when you need to leave for the dentist’s office the more anxious you feel. Still, you tell yourself – I already cancelled three times. It’s time. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a year or more because of dental anxiety or nervousness, then Dr. Yarnell can help. As a Master in the College of Sedation Dentistry, she can provide a wide range of dental sedation options, so you can be certain you’ll receive a sedative that is appropriate and safe for you. Whether you’re in need of dental sedation due to phobia, tooth sensitivity, or another concern, we have just what you need to receive gentle, effective, stress free dentistry at every appointment.
The first step is to answer the question, “How sedated do you really want to be?” No matter what your answer is to that question, Dr. Yarnell offers the kind of sedation you need in order to have the pain and anxiety free dental care you deserve. Let’s explore the three different types of sedation that are available at Woodsprings Family Dentistry: nitrous oxide, oral conscious, and IV sedation. Contact our team to find out more about sedation dentistry services or to schedule an appointment with our dedicated team today.
One of the longest used forms of dental sedation, nitrous oxide or laughing gas as it is often called provides the lowest level of sedation for patients who need a little bit of help relaxing at the time of treatment. This sedation can be quite calming whether you are having a routine dental cleaning or a more invasive procedure such as dental implants. It’s also a great option for patients who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia alone.
Administering nitrous oxide is simple. A small mask is placed over your nose at the start of your appointment. Then, as you inhale the nitrous oxide gas that is mixed with oxygen, you’ll quickly feel lightness spread throughout your body and your worries will melt away. We can quickly and easily adjust the level of sedation throughout even the most advanced treatments ensuring you are completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide dissipate as rapidly as they set in. When the mask is removed, patients will quickly feel like themselves again and be able to drive themselves home. No need for a friend or family member to drive you to and from our office.
As the name suggests, this type of sedation dentistry relies on an oral medication to deliver the necessary level of relaxation. Jonesboro sedation dentist, Dr. Yarnell, will prescribe a mild sedative pill for you to take while in our office. You may also want to consider taking the prescription prior to arriving in our office. That way you have achieved complete relaxation before you ever leave home. This is a great option for patients who have severe dental phobia and have difficulty making themselves leave home for their appointment. Oral conscious sedation has proven to be the ideal solution for those whose anxiety mounts at the thought of dental care. Throughout your treatment, you’ll experience an advanced level of relaxation, and though you’ll remain conscious and able to respond to questions during treatment, you will likely not remember your visit after the sedation has worn off. A word of caution — because you’ve taken a sedative, you must arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. This is a matter of safety for you and other drivers! You should also consider taking the day after your procedure off from work, school, and other daily activities. Everyone responds differently to sedatives, but most patients need at least twelve hours of rest in order to return to normal.
For those patients whose dental fear is insurmountable, patients with physical or developmental disabilities that prevent them from remaining comfortable in the dentist’s chair for long periods of time, patients who do not respond predictably to oral sedatives, and those who need very advanced procedures there is intravenous (IV) sedation. Sedative medication is delivered through a small needle inserted into a vein on the back or your hand or in the bend of your arm. Like nitrous oxide, IV administered sedatives can be adjusted throughout your treatment to ensure you remain completely comfortable. Unlike nitrous oxide, the effects of IV sedation are long lasting. That means you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. Additionally, you’ll need to plan to rest for at least twelve hours following treatment.
Intravenous sedation often makes patients feel as if they’ve slept through their treatment. In fact, however, you are awake but drowsy the entire time. Because the medication has an amnesiac effect similar to oral conscious sedation, you probably won’t be able to remember your time in the dentist’s office. While you are sedated, Dr. Yarnell can complete one or more procedures. As with all sedation, your comfort and safety is our primary concerns. Vital signs are closely monitored throughout your care, and you are given plenty of time to recover in the office before you leave.
The cost of sedation varies widely depending on the level of sedation. Some dental insurance providers will offer partial coverage for sedation, but they limit what procedures are included in sedative coverage. We’ll walk you through the costs and potential insurance coverage before administering any level of sedation to ensure there are no unpleasant cost surprises after treatment.