Sedation Dentistry

woman relaxing while thinking about dental careYour comfort is one of our most important priorities. Dr. Chugg and our entire team have taken great measures and offer sedation dentistry to provide the most rewarding, relaxing, and gentle dental care to our patients. We understand that some people avoid the dentist for years, due to a genuine phobia about dental visits. Sometimes the fear comes from a bad previous experience; other times, it’s based on a need to be in complete control at all times.

People also avoid the dentist because they are scared of being judged about their oral health and/or appearance. Know that without any exception, no one on our team ever judges a patient based on health or appearance. In fact, we applaud patients who take steps to improve their oral health, because good oral health promotes good overall health.

If you reschedule or neglect dental visits for any reason, call us at 480-563-0525 to discuss sedation options. With a wide range of sedation, we can provide you with peace of mind and optimal comfort during every dental procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

You’ve probably heard the term “laughing gas,” at some point. Laughing gas is clinically known as nitrous oxide, or NO2. This gas, when inhaled, causes sedating effects that include a feeling a giddiness. Many people laugh under the influence of nitrous oxide, thus the name. This method of sedation dentistry has been in use for over a century, and it’s still a reliable and effective option today.

How it works – You’ll relax in the dental chair and wear a small plastic mask over your nose and mouth. Once we begin administering the nitrous oxide, you’ll simply breathe in air through the mask, and you’ll notice the relaxing effects immediately. Throughout your procedure, you’ll feel tranquil and unfazed by what’s going on in the room. You will not have the ability to recognize discomfort while the nitrous oxide is being delivered.

What to expect afterward – Just seconds after we stop the gas, you’ll regain full normalcy. The effects subside quickly, and you’ll even retain the ability to drive home and continue your day as if you never had a dental appointment.

Who’s the best candidate – People who have mild to moderate dental phobia or anxiety; those with a sensitive gag reflex; and patients who have difficulty remaining still and physically comfortable during treatment usually respond very well to laughing gas.

Oral Sedation

This pill form of sedative medication is prescribed by the dentist in advance of your scheduled procedure.

How it works – Take the pill as instructed, and you’ll feel its sedating effects within an hour. Once you’re in the dental chair, you’ll be able to relax during treatment. Some patients fall asleep, though oral sedation does not cause sleep, like general anesthetic does.

What to expect afterward – The effects of oral sedatives tend to linger, so arrange a driver to escort you to our office and home after your procedure. You should not drive or operate machinery the day you have oral sedation. You should plan to stay home and relax until the next morning.  

Who’s the best candidate – Those who have a significant aversion to being at a dental office or in a dentist’s chair make good candidates for oral sedation. Also, patients with certain disabilities may respond well to this form of dental sedation.

IV Sedation

Administered through a vein, or intravenously, IV sedation is the strongest form of sedative we can offer in office. Special training and certification are required.

How it works – IV sedation is delivered by an IV placed in the patients hand or arm. The sedative medication is continually administered throughout the dental procedure(s). The patient may sleep, though we may not deliver enough medication to cause sleep. Even if he remains awake, the patient will have little or no memory of the treatment.

What to expect afterward – You’ll rouse from the sedative’s effects gradually, so do not drive or return to work. You’ll need to pre-arrange a ride to and from your appointment, as well. With little or no recollection of your dental appointment, you’ll only enjoy the results – a healthier mouth and more attractive smile – without any stress or discomfort.

Who’s the best candidate – People who are significantly afraid of dental visits; those who cannot get physically comfortable or remain still in a dentist’s chair; patients with certain disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; and those who want many hours of dental work performed at one time are often well served with IV sedation.

Schedule Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment

To reserve your sedation dentistry appointment with Dr. Chugg, call Artistic Design Family Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ at 480-563-0525 today. We will be happy to answer all of your questions over the phone, then schedule an appointment for you to talk with the dentist personally, and experience our comfortable dental office firsthand.