Your Comfort is Our Ultimate Concern
Whether your dental appointment involves a routine cleaning or a more complicated procedure, we understand and empathize with the anxiety that some people feel prior to and during their visit to the dentist. For that reason, we make every effort to make your visits with us as pleasant as possible, and to make sure you have as much information as you need to make decisions regarding your care.
Along with a gentle, empathetic approach, Drs. Bolten and McDavid, and the entire Magnolia clinical team, offer a range of techniques to help alleviate your anxiety and meet your dental care needs.
Some patients have a high tolerance for pain and can do many procedures without any kind of help. Most patients prefer a local anesthesia for typical services such as fillings, and this is probably the best choice overall. However, there are certain procedures where patients will definitely need some type of sedation, and in such cases the Dr. will discuss with you what would be best.
Below you’ll find information about the three sedation options we offer. You’ll find more details about what you need to do before a procedure involving sedation here, and post-procedure instructions here.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Sometimes known as laughing gas, this is an inhaled mixture of nitrous oxide and pure oxygen used to achieve mild sedation and relaxation. As a result, a patient remains aware throughout a procedure but is much less anxious. Nitrous oxide effects wear off quickly at the end of the procedure, allowing patients to leave the office in a normal state of mind. This form of sedation is also an effective and safe option for children.
A pill is used in oral sedation that shortly induces a deeply relaxed state while at the same time allowing a patient to remain conscious and responsive. Some patients may even sleep or have little memory of their treatment or procedure. During oral sedation we monitor patients to insure they are breathing properly and have adequate oxygenation of the blood. After the procedure, a patient cannot drive for the rest of the day and needs to be escorted by a caregiver.
IV sedation is very controlled. The sedative drugs are delivered with an intravenous drip directly into the bloodstream. Because IV sedation is easily controlled it can quickly be adjusted to a patient’s body type, tolerance levels and desired sedation depth. This type of sedation produces deep sedation and relaxation.
Although patients remain responsive throughout a procedure, they will have very little, if any, memory of the experience. The IV procedure itself along with the drugs that are utilized, are very safe. Throughout a procedure, a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen level, breathing and heart electrical activity (EKG) are monitored as part of our safe standard of care.
Post-procedure, a patient recovers quickly and leaves our office with very little, if any, awareness of the procedure. For the remainder of the day, a patient is restricted to limited activities, should not drive, and will need to be escorted by a caregiver.