We value your comfort and making your experience with us as pleasant as possible. We will thoroughly present treatment options and explain our procedures. It is our goal to have you feel secure in the treatment you receive.
We use the latest techniques to ensure that you are comfortable during each procedure. Oral sedation, intravenous sedation, local anaesthesia and general anaesthesia can be offered to manage anxiety and control discomfort under the procedure. These options will be discussed with you during the treatment planning consultation.
What is the difference between oral sedation, local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia?
Oral sedation can be achieved using medication taken by the mouth prior to the surgery. Although the sedation will make you drowsy, you will still be awake and conscious during the procedure. In addition to the oral sedation your doctor will also perform a local anesthesia in the mouth.
Local anesthesia is an injection in the mouth given by your doctor in order to numb the area and avoid any painful sensation the patient might feel during the surgery. It is always used for all types of surgery.
Intravenous sedation, also known as IV, is often used in our clinic and recommended to patients who experience anxiety, stress before a dental procedure. With IV sedation, medication is administrated through a catheter in the patient’s arm in order to help you relax. Some patients even fall asleep.
Under general anesthesia, a combination of intravenous drugs and inhalation gasses are used to put the patient to sleep. With general anesthesia, there is no awareness during the surgery. General anesthesia is done at the hospital in the operation room with an anesthesiologist.
How to prepare for an intravenous sedation
All our surgical procedures could be performed under sedation in the office. Conscious and deep sedations are safe procedures that help relieve the anxiety and stress of a dental procedure. Ask our doctors about this option if you are concerned or anxious about a dental procedure. This option can be discussed with our doctor if you are concerned or anxious during a dental procedure. It is very important that you follow the below IV instructions very closely.
If you follow these guidelines along with your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, you will find the procedure will go smoothly and comfortably.