sedation dentistry

At Ironwood Dental Care in Queen Creek, AZ, we offer sedation dentistry options, including nitrous oxide and IV sedation, to help our patients relax during treatment. Our doctors can safely administer sedation to those who suffer from dental anxiety and claustrophobia as well as children or patients with special needs to create a more comfortable dental experience. Our team is committed to providing your entire family with compassionate care in a friendly and warm environment.

Nitrous oxide is delivered through a mask to increase relaxation

Types of Sedation Dentistry

The type of sedation administered will vary based on the individual needs of the patient. We offer two types of sedation at Ironwood Dental Care, including:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide is administered through inhalation and delivered through a nosepiece or mask. It is often referred to as laughing gas. Most commonly, patients report an overall sense of relaxation, sometimes experiencing tingling in the extremities. Some patients may also feel heavy in the chair and could require assistance to lift their arms or legs. The dosage is monitored by a dental professional throughout the procedure for safety and maximum comfort. Once treatment is complete, the gas will clear completely from the patient’s system. Nitrous oxide is convenient since patients are able to drive themselves to and from our office. 

  • IV Sedation: This method delivers sedation medication intravenously. Since the dosage is delivered directly into the bloodstream, the effects are almost instant. IV sedation induces a sleeplike state. Most patients will have little to no recollection of the procedure. For patient safety, vitals are monitored during the treatment, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Since IV sedation typically has an amnesia effect, driving must be avoided for 24 hours. Patients who choose this method of sedation will need to have a friend or family member accompany them.

Benefits of Sedation

Due to the relaxation effect of sedation, most patients are able to forget about their anxieties and worries.

Modern innovations in medicine have changed the way we do dentistry. Sedation offers benefits for the doctor and patient alike:

  • Eliminates Fear and Anxiety: Due to the relaxation effect, most patients are able to forget about their anxieties and worries.

  • Relaxes Your Muscles: When undergoing dental work, it is common to tense your tongue and facial muscles. Sedation medications relax the muscles in your face and throat. This makes it easier for the doctor to work, and it also helps reduce or eliminate any gag reflex.

  • Helps the Doctor Work Faster: When the patient is comfortable, the doctor can perform the procedure much more quickly and efficiently.

  • Allows Patients to Respond to the Dentist: The methods used at our practice are referred to as conscious sedation. Even though you will be very relaxed during your procedure, you will be able to respond to the doctor and staff if necessary.

Is Sedation Dentistry for Me?

Sedation dentistry can help patients who:

  • Experience severe dental phobia

  • Are affected by chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, back pain, or neck pain

  • Have physical or mental disabilities

  • Suffer from a severe gag reflex

  • Have extremely sensitive teeth

  • Are undergoing an extensive treatment, such as dental implants

  • Want to maximize their comfort

Understanding Local Anesthesia

Many patients wonder if they will still receive local anesthesia if they choose sedation. Local anesthesia is what numbs the teeth and gums before the dentist begins working. Nitrous oxide and IV sedation both induce relaxation, but they do not anesthetize the area. Therefore, patients who choose sedation will also receive local anesthesia for their comfort. In addition, local anesthesia can be administered once you are relaxed, allowing you to not remember receiving an injection.