Sedation Dentistry

Introducing Painless Dentist Visits

Maxus Dental is Practicing Sedation Dentistry

At Maxus Dental, we pride ourselves on providing caring, empathetic dentistry for our patients. But sometimes, a patient suffers from a higher level of dental anxiety or has a very low tolerance for pain. The corresponding apprehension about going to the dentist can lead to patients missing or not scheduling appointments, which can exacerbate dental health problems. To help our patients overcome these issues, we provide a painless dentist experience by offering sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry. 

Levels of Sedation Dentistry

Sleep dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. We recommend Sedation dentistry for patients who have any of the following conditions: 

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Highly Sensitive Teeth
  • Difficulty In Achieving Numbness Through Anesthetics,
  • Extensive Dental Needs

 At our Maxus Dental –  Aloha location, we offer four levels of sedation that come in different forms:

  • Oral sedation is where the patient is completely conscious, but may not remember much of the procedure.
  • Nitrous Oxide sedation is a form of dental sedation where the patient is awake, but relaxed.
  • IV sedation is where the patient is on the edge of consciousness, but can still be awakened. With this form we use administer and IV into your arm while you are conscious and you remain on the edge of consciousness during the remainder of the procedure.
  • Deep IV sedation is using an anesthesiologist, where the patient is not conscious and breathing is supplemented. This level of sedation dentistry is uncommon and usually only done for major procedures or in special cases.

Oral Sedation Dentistry 

Oral sedation, also known as “conscious sedation,” is one of the most common forms of sedation dentistry. It is an excellent form of sedation for patients who have any of the following concerns:

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Very Sensitive Teeth
  • Extensive Dental Needs

With Oral Sedation we typically give you medication is given for you to take about an hour before the procedure starts. It will make you drowsy, but you’ll usually stay awake. The dose will determine the level of sedation. Even though you are conscious and responsive during your treatment, you may not remember much of the procedure. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs are monitored. Patients may have their grogginess persist even after the procedure is complete, so you will need a ride home from your exam as you cannot drive.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask that’s placed over the nose during treatment for minimal sedation. The gas helps the patient relax. Nitrous oxide does not put the patient to sleep, and he or she can hear and respond to the directions of the dentist throughout the procedure.

The effects of the laughing gas tend to wear off quickly, so patients usually can drive themselves home afterward.  The effects of Nitrous Oxide sedation are very mild.  After inhaling the gas you’ll start to feel it working very quickly, sometimes as soon as 10 -15  seconds after you start inhaling it in. If you are able to relax enough with nitrous oxide than no other form of sedation is required. Some past patients need laughing gas on top of oral sedation which we can provide.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation, or IV sedation, is when a sedative is injected directly into the vein. This moderate level of sedation can be achieved almost instantly and the dentist can continually control the amount of sedative administered. Even though you are conscious and responsive during your treatment, you may not remember much of the procedure. Throughout the dental procedure, your vital signs are monitored to ensure your safety. Patients may experience grogginess even after the procedure is complete, so we require bringing someone with you to drive you home.

Deep IV Sedation

Deep Intravenous sedation, or Deep IV Sedation requires an anesthesiologist or equivalent to administering the sedative directly into the vein. This deep level of sedation is most appropriate for a longer procedure and requires supplementary breathing during sedation. Deep IV sedation will produce amnesia of the procedure. Throughout the procedure, your vital signs are monitored. Patients will remain unsteady even after the procedure is complete, so we require bringing someone with you to drive you home. 

This type of sedation is rare and more common for major dental procedures like; Dental Implant surgery, root canals, crowns, periodontal surgery, extractions. Any dental treatment can be performed with IV sedation.

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