IV Conscious Sedation is used to help patients feel more comfortable during the periodontal procedure. It is a very effective and save patient management procedure. During this procedure, a small tube, or catheter, is inserted into a vein in order to give sedative medication. The doctor is better able to control the level of sedation in this manner, as they can give as much or as little of a sedative to produce, and maintain a relaxed state. Although some patients may report feeling as though they were “put to sleep,” the goal of this form of sedation is to maintain patient comfort with minimal risk. Once under sedation, patients are able to respond to verbal commands, and can breathe without the help of a ventillator. This form of sedation is a great way to relieve anxiety during surgery, and provide (amnesia) no memory of the procedure carried out. During the procedure, monitoring devices will be attached to the patient that will monitor the pulse, blood pressure and heart rate. Patients will need to have someone escort them after this procedure is performed.
Dr. Teodoro will prescribe you medication designed to make you relaxed during your appointment. You will typically take this medication before you come in and we will require that you have a driver for your appointment. During your appointment you will be conscious and be able to respond to Dr. Teodoro during the procedure. Oral sedation is a great option for those with dental anxiety, patients who suffer from a gag reflex and patients who have a fear of needles.
Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide)
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing” gas, is inhaled through a nasal mask and produces a feeling of relaxation and euphoria. It can be used for patients of all ages and for a number of dental treatments. Nitrous oxide is often used along with local anesthetics and pain medications. It has the effect of raising the pain threshold and will make the time appear to pass quickly. The best thing about using Nitrous Oxide is that once the mask is removed, the effects are completely gone and you can drive yourself home from the office.