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Sedation Dentistry – Jonesboro, AR

Make Dental Visits More Relaxing

Does this sound familiar – it’s the day of your dental appointment. You don’t think you’ll need anything but a simple exam and teeth cleaning. You tell yourself to relax. Yet, the closer it gets to the time when you need to leave for the dentist’s office the more anxious you feel. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a year or more because of dental anxiety or nervousness, then Dr. Yarnell can help with sedation dentistry in Jonesboro. 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. Contact our team to find out more about sedation dentistry services or to schedule an appointment.

Nitrous Oxide

Patient receiving nitrous oxide in Jonesboro

One of the most commonly used forms of dental sedation, nitrous oxide provides the lowest level of sedation for patients who need a little bit of help relaxing at the time of treatment. Also known as laughing gas, it 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 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.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Woman receiving sedation dentistry in Jonesboro

As a sedation dentist in Jonesboro, Dr. Yarnell will prescribe a mild sedative pill for you to take before you arrive for your appointment. 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 is 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.

Because you’ll be taking a sedative, you must arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment. 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 12 hours of rest to return to normal.

IV Sedation

Man undergoing oral conscious sedation in Jonesboro

If your dental fear is insurmountable, you have physical or developmental disabilities that prevent you from remaining comfortable in the dentist’s chair for long periods of time, you don’t respond predictably to oral sedatives, or you need very advanced procedures, there is intravenous (IV) sedation. Sedative medication is delivered through a small needle inserted into a vein on the back of 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 12 hours following treatment.

Intravenous sedation often makes patients feel as if they’ve slept through their treatment. 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 are 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.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Dentists using IV sedation in Jonesboro

As long as you are healthy, there is a good chance you will be eligible to receive sedation dentistry if you experience any of the following situations:

  • You have a sensitive gag reflex
  • You have a physical disability that causes you to experience discomfort while sitting in the dentist’s chair
  • You have mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety that often keeps you from pursuing regular oral healthcare
  • You are preparing to undergo one or more dental procedures during one visit
  • You have a fear of needles
  • You experienced trauma at a previous dental office

Sharing your complete medical and health history with our team will ensure that you receive the appropriate method of sedation that is safe for you. You can count on us to make sure you are comfortable throughout your entire visit while providing the services you need for optimal oral health.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation options are available to help you receive dental treatment without all the stress. However, you may still have some unanswered questions, so we’re here to help. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about dental sedation in Jonesboro. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, give us a call. We’d be happy to walk you through the process so you know what you can expect.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation is a perfectly safe option for most patients. Before deciding whether or not to administer sedation, Dr. Yarnell will go over your medical history and current medications. When you are sedated, your dental team will closely monitor your vitals at all times to ensure that you are safe throughout the entire duration of your treatment.

Does dental sedation put you to sleep?

Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but it doesn’t literally put you to sleep. Because your memories of being sedated will likely be fuzzy, it may feel like you fell asleep even though you will remain conscious and able to respond to your dental team during your procedure. With oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, you may be groggy to the point where you temporarily doze off, but your dental team can gently nudge you awake.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation?

Even though you are technically awake with most forms of sedation, chances are that you won’t remember much of your procedure. IV sedation is more likely to make you forget your procedure than oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. The memory loss effect that sedation has can make getting dental care easier for patients with extreme anxiety or negative past dental experiences.

Does dental sedation make you tell secrets?

Contrary to popular belief, dental sedation doesn’t act like a “truth serum.” It is highly unlikely that you will reveal any deep, dark secrets while you are sedated. Even if you did happen to say something you normally wouldn’t while you are sedated, you can rest assured that it will be kept within the walls of the dental treatment room.