Is the Dentist's Office Anxiety-Inducing?

Plenty of people are fearful of the dentist’s office. Whether they had a previously bad experience or the sensations are too much to handle, at Advanced Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry we offer sedation options to help make your visit painless and worry-free.

Dr. Karl Winter and our team are highly trained in sedation dentistry and will monitor you for the entirety of your visit to ensure your safety.

Why Choose Sedation (Who Needs It)?

If you’re interested in dental sedation, speak with Dr. Winter. He’ll review your situation and discuss your sedation options thoroughly. Patients commonly choose sedation if they:

  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have fear or anxiety that prevents them from going to the dentist
  • Are unable to sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Want dental work done in fewer visits
  • Require a large amount of dental work
  • Have a gag reflex that makes receiving dental care difficult

Types of Sedation

Dr. Karl Winter is fully qualified to provide our patients with the sedation option that best fits their individual needs. The sedation used will vary depending on the procedure being performed and the anxiety level of the patient. We currently offer three sedation options: Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, and IV sedation.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

This type of sedation allows the patient to relax during the procedure without losing total consciousness.

Nitrous oxide sedation is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose called a nasal hood. As you breathe, a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide is inhaled, and you will begin to feel the effects after about 20 seconds. The gas helps you relax, and Dr. Winter can easily control the amount of sedation you’re given.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is an oral medication—pill or liquid—that is taken before your scheduled procedure. Taking this medication before allows you to show up feeling calm. You may feel a bit tired, but you’ll still be awake throughout the procedure. Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients that are anxious about their visit. It’s important to remember to have someone drive you home after your procedure.

IV Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation lowers your level of awareness by decreasing the intensity of sights, smells, and other sensations during your dental procedure. Unlike nitrous oxide and oral sedation, IV sedation is administered through your vein where it begins to work immediately. Our highly-trained staff will always control the level of sedation to ensure you receive the proper dosage.

You may need medical clearance from your doctor or physician if you’re battling the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac disease
  • Respiratory disease