Sedation Dentistry

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Comfort At Your Local Columbia, MD Dentist 

At Columbia Family Dentistry, we are committed to excellence in providing both the high-level, personalized dental treatment that our practice is known for; and a comfortable, stress-free dental office experience to the families of Columbia, Laurel, Ellicott City, and the surrounding areas. That’s why we’re proud to offer sedation dentistry as a part of our expansive list of general and cosmetic dental treatments options. With years of experience in creating healthy smiles, and the most advanced dental technology available, Dr. Goyal and his friendly dental team will have you smiling brighter in no time.  

 What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as “anxiety-free dentistry,” is the use of sedatives during dental procedures, especially for extensive procedures or for patients who suffer from anxiety or phobias. Sedation calms the patient, relieving this fear, as well as soothing any discomfort or pain. As such a safe effective tool, sedatives are backed by the American Dental Association as an instrumental aid for patients during their dental visit. 

At Columbia Family Dentist, we have highly trained professionals with the skills to ensure that these tools are properly administered in a way that relieves the patient of all anxiety and fears in order to provide them with the care and treatments they need to enjoy dental health in a pain-free and minimally intrusive way.

Before Sedation Dental Treatment

Before your sedation dentistry procedure, it is crucial that you tell Dr. Goyal or his staff about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving or have had recently. 

If you would like to speak with our team to discuss how sedation dentistry can help you and your family or schedule your appointment, just contact us and we’ll happily help you get everything you need. Below you can also find more information about the different types of sedation dentistry.

Types of Sedation Dentistry (Minimal To Moderate)

Oral Conscious Sedation

As a form of minimal sedation, oral conscious sedation combines sedatives and pain relievers as a way of alleviating discomfort during a routine dental operation, such as a basic tooth extraction, while still allowing the patient to remain conscious. A patient undergoing this particular sedation will thus be capable of communicating during the treatment in order to express pain or respond to questions. However, even though the patient is awake during the procedure, they may not recall the treatment afterwards or only remember it in bits and pieces. Some side effects of this procedure can include headache, nausea, and vomiting.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Another type of minimal sedation, and one that is more widely known and used, is that of nitrous oxide, otherwise called “laughing gas.”  Producing a sense of euphoria and light-headedness, nitrous oxide calms the patient, easing them of any anxiety or phobia. For this reason, nitrous oxide may be utilized in the cases of wisdom teeth extractions or dental implants. When the operation ends, the doctor administers oxygen to the patient for five to ten minutes, flushing the lungs of any residual gas, causing the effects of the gas to dissipate so the patient can continue about their day normally.  While side effects are rare for this type of sedation, some patients may experience minor nausea or constipation.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

At times referred to as “sleepy” or “twilight” dentistry, intravenous sedation entails the administration of a dose of sedatives through an IV into the bloodstream directly, causing the patient to feel the effects of the dose more quickly and effectively. Intravenous sedation is, therefore, a more moderate type of sedation and more commonly employed for those people who experience higher levels of anxiety, who are afraid or apprehensive about their visits or a procedure. Similar to oral conscious sedation, this form of sedation also serves as a type of amnesiac, resulting in the inability to recall the operation afterwards, despite being conscious and responsive during treatment.

General Anesthesia

As opposed to the aforementioned sedation types, general anesthesia renders the patient unconscious throughout the treatment, completely putting them to sleep. Furthermore, general anesthesia may be received as an injection, intravenously or through gas inhalation, according to the needs of the patient. It benefits not only those who undergo extensive procedures, but also people with preexisting medical conditions pertaining to the heart or lungs. Just like oral conscious and intravenous sedation, general anesthesia causes patients to forget the events immediately preceding and following the treatment. Using general anesthesia is safe in the hands of trained professional dentists like Dr. Goyal.

Contact Columbia Family Dentist Today

We are your local dentist here in Columbia, and we are passionate when it comes to providing you and your family with the dental care you deserve. Our wide range of treatment options allows us to cater to our patient’s individual needs, and with sedation dentistry, you don’t have to worry about feeling anxious or stressed before your dental treatment. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your brand new, healthy smile! Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule your appointment! We look forward to helping you and your family smile brighter.