If you are anxious about a visit to the dentist, please know that you are not alone. Our office offers both Oral Conscious Sedation and IV Sedation for patients who have dental anxiety and fear. Dr. Altieri and his team have gone through rigorous training and are always attending continuing education courses to stay up to date on the latest techniques.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Dr. Altieri will give you medication to take one hour before the start of your appointment. The medication will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV SEDATION, also known as “Deep Conscious Sedation” is usually used by Oral Surgeons and Dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication in a controllable environment and the effects are instantaneous. Patients receiving IV sedation go between deep consciousness and unconsciousness throughout the procedure. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands even if they are awake at times during the procedure.
We are qualified and experienced in using both types of conscious sedation. Which ever form is used, it’s worth remembering that everyone responds to these drugs differently. You will need to come in for a consult appointment with a companion who will be driving you to and from your procedure and who will be responsible for you until you have recovered fully from the medication. Before you schedule your consult appointment, you will need to have a current physical, so Dr. Altieri may clear you for sedation.
Nitrous Oxide also known as “laughing gas” is used for a conscious sedation while having procedures done. Dr. Altieri will place a nasal hood that will be connected to nitrous oxide and oxygen. You will inhale through your nose during your procedure and at the end of the procedure you will be breathing oxygen for a few minutes. This 100% oxygen for minutes after flushes your system of the nitrous oxygen and you will leave feeling as good as you did coming into the office, able to drive yourself, and be very aware.