Olson Dental understands that visiting the dentist can be a very stressful time for some people. The fear of going to the dentist is so severe that people would rather live in pain. However, neglecting your oral health can lead to severe disease, not only your mouth, but also your entire body. It is for this very reason we offer sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a way of getting the necessary treatment done in a non-threatening manner.

At Olson Dental we are able to offer a variety of sedation options for patients who are experiencing a high level of anxiety about their procedure.

The Details of Sedation Dentistry

There are three methods of sedation most frequently used. These are nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Please see an explanation of each method below.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a gas that can be mixed with oxygen and inhaled for a mild degree of sedation. A nose-piece is normally used to deliver this sedative. Dr Olson has found that this dental sedation method does not work as well as the other methods we have described below.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation or anxiolysis can provide a higher degree of sedation than nitrous oxide. As the name implies this is a medication that is taken by mouth just prior to your dental appointment. A variety of medications including Valium and Halcion may be used for this purpose. Oral sedation is quite effective for many people. However, because the affect of oral sedatives varies from patient to patient, Dr. Olson will discuss this option with you to determine if it is right for you.

Most or all of the restorative or surgical procedures can be completed comfortably with this option. There is an amnesiac effect of these medications - which means that you probably won’t remember much about the procedure and will have a positive treatment experience. However, because it is an oral dosage of medication it is difficult to predict the level of sedation you will feel. Many people will “sleep” through their procedure, while others may be reasonably aware of their surroundings yet relaxed enough to proceed. If you feel that you might be at risk of becoming anxious if not completely “asleep” then you can opt for the next level of comfort management.

IV Sedation

IV sedation, or intravenous sedation as it is some times called, allows Dr. Olson is able to customize the level of sedation for each patient’s specific needs. This method utilizes intravenous medications to achieve the exact level of sedation needed to provide comfort for the patient. If the dental procedure is a lengthy one, intravenous sedation is especially helpful, because medication can be added as needed to maintain the patient’s comfort level. With the intravenous method most patients do not remember what happened during the procedure, and will have a comfortable overall experience.

Anxiety during a dental appointment can create unhealthy stress, which can complicate many pre-existing medical conditions. IV sedation is considered “conscious sedation” which is the safest yet most complete level of sedation you can have. Your level of sedation is carefully monitored so that you remain responsive to commands and breathe on your own, yet experience no pain or wakeful experience.

It is important to note that not all people are able to receive IV sedation in an office setting. Certain health conditions requires this type of dental sedation to be completed in a hospital setting where they are better able to serve urgent conditions. Prior to performing any procedure, Dr. Olson thoroughly reviews your medical history before approving an in-office treatment.

Oral and IV Sedation

If you are receiving oral sedation or IV sedation the procedure will proceed as so. You will be given a sedative the night before to help you sleep. On the day of your appointment you are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will accompany you to the office. By the time you arrive you will be very drowsy. When you arrive at our office, the first step is to attach monitors so we can measure your breathing, blood pressure, heart rate and EKG. If you are having IV sedation, Dr. Olson or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will start an IV that allows the medications to slowly enter your body. The sedative drugs work rapidly to create a deeply relaxed state that is maintained and monitored throughout the procedure by the CRNA and Dr. Olson. When your treatment is completed your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable and relaxing day.

Regardless of which method of sedation is used, the major benefit is the amnesiac affect – meaning you have little or no memory of your time “in the chair”.

You may be a candidate for sedation if you have:

• Dental Anxiety
• Dental Phobia
• Extra sensitive teeth
• A previous traumatic dental experience
• Difficulty getting numb
• A fear of needles or shots
• Extensive dental work
• Difficulty keeping your mouth open
• A sensitive gag reflex

If this sounds like you, then sedation dentistry may be your answer. Call our office today to schedule an appointment, 952-447-4463.

Dentist - Prior Lake
16250 Duluth Avenue SE Suite 200
Prior Lake, MN 55372