At Lake of Pines Dental, we pride ourselves on being very aware of how our patient feels while in our office and the dental chair. We understand that not every patient that comes to see us is excited about the treatment. Dr. Harris has made it a priority to spend time speaking with and getting to know our patients who have a little more anxiety surrounding the dentist and treatment than others. To help make our patients feel more comfortable and calm, we offer a couple of different types of sedation methods for deep relaxation.
Each sedation method that we offer is completely safe and effective. Below we have listed two of our sedation methods and a little bit about each one to give you a better understanding of how sedation works and how it can help you.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas): this is the mildest form of dental sedation that is available to patients. Nitrous oxide is a gas that is mixed with oxygen and breathed, by the patient, through a mask right before and during dental procedures. Being a mild form of sedation, you, the patient, will be awake and aware of the entire treatment but will be experiencing relaxation. As soon as the mask is removed, the patient will be completely aware and able to drive.
Nitrous oxide can be used on child and adult patients who have anxiety about a procedure or just need a little relaxation to make it through their treatment. If you or a member of your family would greatly benefit from this form of sedation, please speak to us about it at your next visit.
IV Sedation: this is the heaviest form of sedation that we offer in our office. Here at Lake of Pines Dental, we perform more extensive procedures such as root canals and wisdom teeth extractions that could require extreme sedation for the patient. Right before your procedure, you will receive an IV in your arm which will administer medicine to calm you down.
Through this sedation method, you will not be unconscious but you might sleep through your entire procedure. You may be awake, but unaware of what is happening in your mouth. For patients who have severe fear and anxiety around dental procedures, you would benefit from IV sedation. Please express your wants and needs to one of our team members at your next appointment.
We care about your comfort in our office and will do anything we can to ensure that you have a positive experience while receiving care. If you believe you are someone who would benefit from sedation dentistry, please speak with us about how you feel and we will help. We are located in Auburn, California and we are ready to take your call.