Sedation Dentistry in Ardmore, OK
Wake Up to a New Smile
Sedation dentistry is a method of using FDA-approved medication to induce a calm, relaxed state. We can use sedation dentistry during any type of treatment, including a routine general checkup or a smile-enhancing cosmetic procedure.
Sedation dentistry allows Walnut Ranch to provide a variety of dental procedures safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist, have a hard time sitting still, want the time to pass by quickly, don’t want to feel any discomfort and/or would rather drift off while receiving treatment.
There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- You’ll have little to no memory of undergoing the procedure
- The treatment will feel like it only lasted a few minutes
- The sounds and smells of the procedure will disappear
- Your fear and anxiety will drift away
If you need to undergo a root canal, an extraction, or oral surgery, then we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry. When the treatment is complete, you’ll have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting.
So, relax, close your eyes, and allow us to take care of the rest.
Walnut Ranch Dental Spa offers these types of sedation:
A low-level sedative made of a nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture that you breathe through a mask. We can control the amount of sedation that you receive, and it tends to wear off quickly, making it the only form of sedation dentistry where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. Since no injection is needed, inhalation sedation is particularly desirable when anxiety stems from the fear of needles.
Oral Conscious Sedation
A step up from inhalation sedation, Walnut Ranch will write you a prescription for a minimal to moderate sedative based on your level of anxiety. Usually, you’ll take the pill 30 minutes to an hour before the treatment. With this type of sedation, you will need a driver to take you home. The sedative method will make you feel drowsy and although you’ll remain awake and responsive during your dental treatment, you won’t feel any pain. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to fall asleep during the procedure.
IV sedation involves administering a sedative through a vein, allowing the medication to work very quickly. Since it’s administered intravenously, our dentists can adjust the level of IV sedation as needed for the procedure. This makes it easy to tailor the amount of sedative used to the specific patient, reducing the risk of complications and side effects. While you’ll still be in a semi-awake state and you’ll probably be able to communicate with the dentist, most patients have little or even no memory of the procedure when IV sedation is used.