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Sedation Dentistry Hanover, MD

Your comfort is important to us at Elevate Dental Implant Center. We know that many patients avoid pursuing their necessary dental procedures because they experience dental anxiety and fear of the dentist. Our compassionate team of dental professionals is here for you when you need us the most.

We will do everything we can to keep you comfortable and calm throughout the entirety of your appointment with us. Rest assured that when you visit our dentist office in Hanover, MD, you will be greeted with a smile and seen promptly at your appointment time.

For our most anxious patients, we are happy to provide sedation dentistry options that are a safe and reliable solution to ensuring you remain calm and comfortable in the dental chair.

Sedation Dentistry in Hanover, MD

Our dental professionals have the training to safely provide nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia as your sedation dentistry options in Hanover, MD. These methods all come with varying levels of consciousness throughout the duration of your appointment.

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Understanding the differences in these sedation options can help you get a better idea of what to expect at your upcoming appointment. If you have interest in any of our sedation dentistry options, mention this to your doctor during your dental exam.

Nitrous Oxide

This sedation dentistry option is commonly known as laughing gas. It is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. The mask remains on your nose throughout the duration of your appointment, providing you with a mild sedative that keeps you conscious and aware of your surroundings while still more calm and comfortable than you would be on your own. Most patients describe the experience of laughing gas as being in a dream-like state. Once the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will quickly go away.

Oral Sedation

This sedative option is given to patients in pill form. The pill can be taken before the dental appointment even begins so that the effects of the sedative have already begun to take place before we start your procedure. Patients may remain conscious with oral sedation; however, most are so relaxed that they begin to fall asleep. With oral sedation, you will need someone to come with you for your appointment to assist you.

IV Sedation

This sedative option is administered intravenously during your implant procedure and can be customized to provide the ideal level of sedation for any patient. The effects of this sedative option will make patients drowsy and relaxed during surgery.

General Anesthesia

This sedative option is medically induced unconsciousness. It is safe for most patients and can guarantee that you will be asleep during the entire procedure, leaving you with little to no memory of it.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry allows you to experience the dental implant procedure free from pain, discomfort, or anxiety. It also allows us to provide you with an efficient and predictable procedure from start to finish.

Our doctors are trained in administering and monitoring all levels of anesthesia. We will gladly go over your sedation dentistry options during your upcoming appointment. Please schedule a consultation online, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

How long after sedation can I eat?

We advise you to wait until the sedation wears off to eat. Patients should refrain from eating 6 hours before the procedure, and be sure not to drink anything 2 hours before. It is important that your stomach is empty for the sedation to work.

What are the risks of sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, and loss of memory during the procedure. These effects usually wear off a few hours after the procedure.

Does oral sedation make you loopy?

Oral sedation can make people feel loopy, but more often it makes patients feel relaxed and calm. The goal of sedation is to take any anxiety and stress away before a procedure.

What should you not do before being sedated?

Before being sedated patients should be sure not to drink or eat before their appointment. Patients should also be sure to dress comfortably.

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

Patients should not feel any pain while sedated. The goal of dental sedation is to give patients a pain free and comfortable dental experience.

What do you do after sedation dentistry?

We recommend rest for the day after having sedation at the dental office. If prescribed medicine patients should take it on time and on a schedule. Patients should also drink water and eat foods that they are comfortable chewing.

How long does it take for sedation dentistry to wear off?

The full effects of dental sedation should definitely wear off after 24 hours. You may start to feel the effects wear off after 6-8 hours but we recommend waiting 24 to ensure any sedation has left your system. 

Is Laughing Gas conscious sedation?

It is safe and effective for both adults and children to use nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” as a sedation to help patients relax and alleviate dental anxiety. With this type of sedation you are conscious for the entire procedure, however you will not feel any pain.