IV Sedation

  • Varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as outlined below:
  • Minimal Sedation: patients respond normally to verbal commands.  Although cognitive function and coordination may be impaired, breathing in unaffected
  • Moderate Sedation: patients respond purposefully to verbal commands, either alone or by light stimulation. No interventions are required to maintain breathing.  This is also referred to as “Conscious Sedation.”
  • Deep Sedation: patients cannot be easily aroused but respond to painful stimulation.  The ability to breath may be impaired.  Patients may require stimulation. Patients may require assistance in maintaining a patent airway.
  • General Anesthesia: patients cannot be aroused, even by painful stimulation.  The ability to independently breath is often impaired.  Patients often require assistance in maintaining a patent airway.

Because of his residency training in Dental Anesthesiology, Dr. Clark is able to safely provide all levels of anesthesia to a wide range of patients. Please contact our office to schedule a consultation to see if IV anesthesia can help you receive the dental care you need.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of sedative drugs via an oral route, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce your anxiety related to the experience. Oral sedation is one of the available methods of conscious sedation dentistry our doctors may recommend to help you get through any treatment needs. Treatment may include additional dosing on the night proceeding the procedure, to mitigate anxiety-related insomnia.

Dental patients with generalized anxiety, belonephobia (fear of needles and sharp instruments), prior dental trauma, or generalized fear of the dentist can take oral medication in order to reduce their anxieties.[3] A variety of single and incremental dose protocols are used to medicate the patient as early as the day before treatment.[4] Medication additionally helps reduce memory or the sights and smells of the dental office to avoid recall of any trauma.[5] The sedative effect allows more dentistry to be completed in fewer appointments as well as allowing complex procedures to be performed in less time.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures.
It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.
Contact our office at 970-247-4848 to see whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.

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