Sedation Dentistry in Edmond, OK
Rest Easy with Anxiety-Free, Pain-Free Dental Care
Among the most common phobias, visiting the dentist causes many people severe anxiety and stress. Often, fearful patients forgo necessary dental care to avoid a visit to their dentist. If you find yourself feeling panicky at the thought of having your teeth worked on, you should know that safe, comfortable relaxation methods exist. At Michael Chandler’s dental practice, we offer sedation dentistry in Edmond, OK so you can face dental appointments with confidence.
What Types of Sedation Do We Use?
We offer various forms of dental sedation including:
- Oral sedation
- IV sedation
- Nitrous oxide gas
Dr. Chandler is experienced in easing patients’ anxiety. He understands that there are different levels of fear and will work with you one-on-one to provide the best sedation methods for you.
If you fear dental appointments, call Dr. Chandler to determine if oral sedation is available for you based on your medical history and current medications. If you’re a good candidate for oral sedation, he will select an appropriate anti-anxiety or sedative drug for you to take at a pre-determined time before your appointment. These safe, widely-prescribed drugs diminish anxiety and help patients relax.
Your anxiety level will help the dentist discern the correct dosage, which in turn determines your consciousness level during the appointment. Some patients become so relaxed they drift off into a restful sleep during their dental procedures. Throughout your appointment, we will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety. When you choose oral sedation, you must have a responsible adult who can drive you to and from your appointment and spend some time with you after the appointment until the sedative wears off completely.
Why choose oral sedation?
In general, patients choose oral sedation if they:
- experience severe anxiety and fear when faced with dental instruments
- put off important dental treatment due to fear
- have a sensitive gag reflex
- have trouble feeling numb after receiving local anesthetic
- cannot rest comfortably in a dentist’s exam chair due to neck or back problems
What risks and side effects are associated with oral sedation?
The anti-anxiety medications used to achieve oral sedation have been prescribed and studied for years, so potential side effects are widely documented. These drugs are generally safe for most patients and have a low incidence of side effects, which tend to be minor.
Typically, patients who receive oral sedation experience:
- Minor retrograde amnesia, in which they recall little to nothing about the dental procedure
- Decreased post-operative soreness
- Dry mouth
- A very small percentage of patients may temporarily have hiccups after using oral sedation drugs.
Nitrous Oxide Gas
In addition to oral sedation, we also provide conscious sedation dentistry, involving the use of nitrous oxide gas with oral anti-anxiety medication. This combination creates a state of relaxation for our patients.
Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas” is an odorless gas. Our patients breathe into a mask that dispenses a safe amount of this gas. After several minutes of breathing it in, you will feel a warm, euphoric sensation. Patients report a relaxing and painless experience with this gas.
The mask is kept on during the entire procedure and once the mask is removed, the gas leaves the body completely within just minutes. There are no side effects to nitrous oxide and patients can drive home themselves after the procedure.
This sedation technique administers medication through the veins. This is a fast-acting method that eliminates pain and anxiety. It does not cause you to lose consciousness. Instead, you are in a state of deep relaxation and will be able to respond to and cooperate with our dentist’s needs. Patients remember very little of their appointments and the level of medicine can be easily and quickly altered depending on your needs.
You will need to have someone drive you home after IV sedation. You should not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. For the remainder of the day, patients should rest and drink water.
Dental Sedation at Michael L Chandler D.D.S
Because we have the opportunity to use sedation dentistry, we can make sure you get the dental treatments you need, while addressing any problems you have with dental anxiety. Dr. Chandler is a warm and accommodating dentist who strives to alleviate your negative thoughts and worries. We will do everything we can to make your visit more enjoyable.
If you suffer from dental anxiety and are a good candidate for conscious sedation dentistry, our highly trained dental team will monitor your vital signs the whole time that you are sedated, and you will be able to respond to our verbal requests, although many patients report having little to no memory of the dental procedure. Please be aware that a friend or relative will need to drive you to and from our office due to the sedative’s effects. Even patients who feel like their oral health is beyond repair can find thorough, gentle care at Dr. Chandler’s dental office.
Call Dr. Chandler’s dental office and schedule an appointment to discuss conscious sedation. Our clinic in Edmond welcomes residents from Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. For more about oral sedation, visit our dental library.