Sedation Dentistry with Dr. Munro
For patients who suffer from dental anxiety, going to the dentist is a stressful experience. In severe cases, patients will refuse to visit the dentist at all out of fear or extreme discomfort.
Obviously, regular dental visits are vital to your health and can’t be skipped no matter how bad your phobia is. That’s why we offer three forms of sedation at Parkview Dental to help you relax and get the treatment you need.
Oral sedation involves taking a medication that puts you in a deep state of relaxation. The medication is typically administered at least an hour in advance so it has time to take effect before your procedure. It’s important to note that oral sedation doesn’t actually put you to sleep, but you won’t feel any pain or remember the procedure when it’s finished.
Because it takes some time for the effects to wear off, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, has been a popular form of sedation for many years. By simply breathing the gas through a small nasal mask, you’ll feel a relaxed and lightheaded sedation that will keep you comfortable in the dental chair. You’ll remain conscious and responsive throughout your treatment, though you won’t remember it when you wake up.
Nitrous oxide wears off faster than oral sedation, but we still recommend that you don’t drive home from your appointment.
General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation we offer, the only one that knocks you completely unconscious. This is only used for particularly intensive procedures that require complete relaxation from the patient to ensure safety.
Beyond needing a ride home, you may have to stay in the hospital briefly after undergoing general anesthesia to make sure you don’t experience any side effects. Dr. Munro is one of the few dentists in the area who offers hospital privileges for general anesthesia patients, taking extra care to make sure you’re supervised and safe throughout your treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sedation safe?
As long as it’s administered by a licensed dentist such as Dr. Munro, sedation is completely safe. He’ll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure they remain stable. In the unlikely event that any issues arise, he’ll stop your treatment and reverse the sedation at once.
Certain health conditions such as obesity or sleep apnea may lead to complications from sedation. Make sure to inform Dr. Munro of any medical conditions that you have so he can determine if sedation is safe for you.
Will I be unconscious?
If you choose nitrous oxide or oral sedation, you’ll remain awake and responsive throughout the procedure. However, you’ll be deeply relaxed and likely won’t remember your treatment later. This state of consciousness is often referred to as “twilight sleep.”
For especially intensive procedures that require the patient to stay still, we also offer general anesthesia. This is the only form of sedation at our practice that will actually knock you unconscious. If you’re given general anesthesia for your treatment, Dr. Munro is one of only a few dentists in the area who offers hospital privileges to ensure you’re safe and free of complications.
Does sedation have any long-term effects?
For most forms of sedation, the potential for long-term effects is extremely low. If you choose nitrous oxide for your sedation, the effects are reversed immediately after treatment. Oral conscious sedation may leave you feeling groggy and you’ll need a ride home from your appointment, but the effects will wear off within a few hours.
General anesthesia is a much stronger form of sedation that takes longer to wear off and can lead to complications in some cases. That’s why we only use this option as a last resort and will carefully supervise you throughout your treatment to ensure no problems arise.