Sedation Dentistry in West University
At West U Dental Smiles, Dr. Neda Dodig and her team are dedicated to helping every patient receive the dentistry services they need free from stress, pain, or anxiety. While we strive to create a welcoming environment for every patient we see, our team understands this is not always enough to help patients who experience severe dental sensitivity or anxiety. Dr. Dodig has training in dental sedation, and we also work with Dr. Khaldoun Katma who has advanced certification to offer intravenous (IV) sedation. Keep reading or contact our team to find out more.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is one of the simplest and most commonly recommended forms of dental sedation. Not only does it offer adequate relaxation throughout care, the sedation begins to take effect before patients ever leave the comfort of their homes. Dr. Dodig prescribes an oral sedative that is taken at a predetermined time prior to the patient’s appointment. For this reason, patients should plan to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our office.
IV sedation offers the most relaxation possible without undergoing general anesthesia (which renders patients completely unconscious). Administered in practice by Dr. Katma, IV sedation offers high levels of relaxation in addition to allowing Dr. Katma to adjust dosage throughout treatment for ultimate patient safety and comfort. Like oral conscious sedation, the effects of IV sedation are long lasting. Patients should have a friend or family member to drive them home from their appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
The oldest form of medical sedation, nitrous oxide is still one of the preferred sedation methods. Dosage is easily adjusted throughout treatment for optimal comfort, and the sedative effects wear off quickly meaning patients are able to return to their daily activities right away. For those patients with mild dental anxiety or teeth, gum, and gag reflex sensitivity, nitrous oxide sedation is often the ideal solution.