Sedation Dentistry

Dental Sedation Columbus IN

If you feel anxious or even fearful about going to the dentist, you’re not weird or alone in this! Dental anxiety is common, which is why we’re so experienced at helping patients relax and get over this hurdle. We offer multiple sedation dentistry options so you can get the treatment you need, just the way you need it.

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Nitrous Oxide Columbus IN Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a sweet-smelling, colorless blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases. It creates feelings of calm and well-being when inhaled. Some people describe a sense of giddy relaxation, which is why it is called “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is administered through a little cone that sits comfortably on the nose. Breathing pure oxygen for several minutes after treatment reverses the effects of nitrous oxide.

This safe and easy dental sedation method makes it so many patients can rest at ease during treatment, particularly children and adolescents who experience dental anxiety. In addition, nitrous oxide has been found helpful in making dental visits easier, better experiences for patients with mental or physical impairments.

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Oral Conscious Sedation Columbus IN

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is another option we offer to help patients get as comfortable as possible for treatment through a simple pill. Some people mistakenly call this sedation method “sleep dentistry,” but though patients feel extremely calm and relaxed, they are still awake and able to respond. They are just pleasantly unaware of their dental treatment! The conscious sedation medications we use have high safety ratings on the therapeutic index. Most patients experience minimal to no discomfort or lingering effects from a sedation dentistry visit, but it is common to feel a little wobbly while the medication wears off. We will give you helpful instructions for the remainder of your day, and you should plan to have a companion drive you to and from your appointment.

When consulting with you about oral conscious sedation, we need to know about health history, current medications, and habits such as alcohol consumption and smoking. All these factors are taken into careful account when we plan treatment and help prepare patients prior to dental sedation visits.

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Intraveneous Anesthesia - Indy Dental Solutions of Columbus

Intravenous (IV) Anesthesia

When needed, we also provide intravenous (IV) anesthesia in our dental office and oral surgery center in Columbus, Indiana. Intravenous anesthetic medicines are administered directly into a vein where they’re quickly absorbed into the blood and rapidly take effect, making the patient fall asleep. During IV anesthesia, supplemental oxygen is delivered and vital signs are monitored. Your safety and health are of utmost importance to us while you’re in our care! Many of our patients having their wisdom teeth removed or dental implants placed choose IV sedation. Before treatment, we will give you specific instructions for preparing for your dental sedation visit.

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