Your comfort is important to us at Elevate Dental Implant Center. Many patients avoid pursuing 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. For patients that have implant dentistry procedures, we provide sedation options.
We will do everything possible to stay comfortable and calm throughout your appointment. Rest assured that when you visit our dental office in Hanover, MD, you will be greeted with a smile and seen promptly at your appointment.
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. Dental anxiety is common, but we can help prevent it with dental sedation. If you have dental anxiety or are afraid of the dentist, do not fret. If you communicate this with our staff, we will do everything possible to make your appointments as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
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.
Understanding the differences in these sedation options can help you better understand what to expect at your appointment. If you are interested in any of our sedation dentistry options, mention this to your doctor during your dental exam.
This sedation dentistry option is commonly known as laughing gas. We administer it 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 calmer and more 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.
We give this sedative option to patients in pill form. You take the pill before the dental appointment so that the effects of the sedative begin to take place before starting your procedure. This is a great option for patients with dental anxiety, as the pill will help calm your nerves before entering our office.
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 and drive you home afterward.
We administer this sedative option intravenously during your implant procedure and can customize it to provide the ideal level of sedation for any patient. The effects of this sedative option will make patients drowsy and relaxed during surgery. We monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure you respond well and have the optimal sedation level.
Before receiving IV sedation, it is important that patients do not eat for at least 8 hours before their procedure. Drinking water is fine up until 4 hours prior. It is crucial that your stomach is empty before we administer IV sedation.
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. Usually, we only do this in the most intensive surgeries and procedures. With general anesthesia, it is also crucial that your stomach is empty before your appointment. We advise patients to refrain from eating food for 8 hours before their appointment and stop drinking water 4 hours prior.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry allows you to experience the dental implant procedure
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Sedation dentistry allows patients to get the dental care they need. Please learn more by reading the answers to these commonly asked questions.
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 memory loss 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 remove any anxiety and stress before a procedure.
What shouldn’t you do before sedation?
Before sedation, be sure not to drink or eat before your 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. Dental sedation aims 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 wear off after 24 hours. You may feel the effects wear off after 6-8 hours, but we recommend waiting for 24 hours 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 sedation to help patients relax and alleviate dental anxiety. With this type of sedation, you are conscious during the entire procedure. However, you will not feel any pain.