What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medications to provide relaxation, sedation, and pain relief during dental care. Sedation dentistry helps patients with dental anxiety address their dental problems in a stress-reduced environment. There are several types of sedation dentistry, and many of our patients choose to use them for their care.
What is I.V. Sedation?
I.V. sedation is the most effective way to ensure comfort and relaxation during a dental appointment. Patients take an oral pill one hour before the appointment to help relax them before arriving at the office. At the beginning of the appointment, doctor places an I.V. (intravenous) line to allow for quick delivery of medications. Throughout the appointment, the doctor administers medicine to help relax the patient. Most patients fall asleep during the appointment and have little memory of the procedure. We are able to complete large amounts of dental work while you are relaxed. I.V. sedation is available for any procedure that is performed in our office.
What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “Laughing Gas”, is a clear, odorless gas that is breathed in through the nose during a dental appointment to help reduce anxiety and make patients more comfortable. Nitrous oxide provides a light sedation that is perfect for patients with mild dental anxiety undergoing routine dental procedures. One of the main benefits of nitrous oxide is that it wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home or return to work if needed.
What is Oral Sedation?
Oral sedation provides mild sedation through a pill. Patients take a dose of a medication prescribed by the doctor an hour before the appointment. Often, we combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide to provide greater relaxation. While the level of sedation is not as deep as I.V. sedation, many patients choose oral sedation because it is easy and very economical.
Will I still be numb?
Yes, we still use local anesthesia to numb your teeth before working on them for all types of sedation.
Is Sedation dentistry safe?
Yes! Dr. Jon Conover has advanced training in sedation dentistry and is certified by the Ohio State Dental Board to perform sedation dentistry. He maintains Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification through the American Heart Association and trains in emergency preparedness. He has successfully practiced sedation dentistry since 2009 for hundreds of patients. Our office is equipped with advanced monitoring equipment and our clinical staff is certified in Basic Life Support for medical providers.
For many patients, utilizing sedation makes your dental care even SAFER. The fear and stress associated with dental care for phobic patients can put them more at risk for medical emergencies. Relaxation through sedation can reduce these risks and insure your dental care is delivered in the safest way possible.
Does someone have to drive me to my appointment?
With oral and I.V. sedation an escort is required. With nitrous oxide, after a brief recovery period in the office, you will be able to drive yourself.
Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Almost everyone is a candidate for some type of sedation dentistry. Dr. Conover will review your medical history and discuss your options to determine which type of sedation dentistry is right for you.
How much does sedation dentistry cost?
The cost of sedation dentistry depends on the type of sedation you choose, and the length of the procedure that is performed. Please call our office to set up an appointment so we can assess your dental needs and provide you with accurate financial arrangements. Winton Road - 513-931-7542. Plainfield Road - 513-791-8937.
Sedation dentistry is available in both of our offices to patients throughout the Greater Cincinnati area including Finneytown, Deer Park, Springfield Township, Sycamore Township, Blue Ash, Evendale, Reading, Montgomery, Sharonville, Glendale, Wyoming, West Chester, Spring Grove Village, Northside, Pleasant Ridge, Silverton, Symmes Township, Forest Park, Springdale, Greenhills, North College Hill, Colerain, Mount Healthy, Hyde Park, Oakley, and Kennedy Heights.