All Smiles Family Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Dental Sedation in Omaha, NE - All Smiles Family DentistrySedation Dentistry Omaha

We have put a lot of effort into making our office a relaxing, comfortable, and friendly place. Still, we understand that many people experience anxiety or fear during dental treatment. If this sounds like you, we are happy to offer sedation options to make your visits more enjoyable.

Nitrous Oxide

An inhaled gas, nitrous oxide produces a mild feeling of euphoria. Dentists have made use of nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, for generations. The gas helps patients to relax and calm their worries while remaining conscious. Nitrous oxide is very safe, and the effects wear off almost immediately after the gas is stopped.

Oral Conscious Sedation

When appropriate, Dr. Pruitt provides oral conscious sedation to patients with anxiety issues. This sedation is a pill that you take before your appointment. The medication will not render you unconscious, but it does lessen anxiety. Some patients find that it puts them in a state of relaxation, allowing them to sleep through their dental care treatments. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home after your visit as it is not safe to drive yourself.

Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Numerous factors contribute to one’s suitability for sedation dentistry. Engaging in a consultation with our Omaha dentists to discuss your personality and any concerns or anxieties you may have can aid in determining whether sedation dentistry aligns with your needs. Sedation dentistry may be worth considering if:

  • You experience dental-related phobias that trigger anxiety or panic attacks.
  • You possess a significant fear or substantial concern regarding pain.
  • You are undergoing lengthy dental work.
  • You harbor a fear of needles.
  • You struggle with the sensory aspects, such as sounds and odors, often associated with dental offices.
  • You are undergoing a complex dental procedure.
  • You encounter difficulties in achieving a state of comfort.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes. Dr. Pruitt and her dedicated team are highly trained medical professionals, entrusted with the safe administration of sedatives to patients of all ages. We closely monitor the well-being of each patient under our care.

How Long Does Sedation Last?

The duration of sedation in sedation dentistry can vary based on the type of sedation used:

  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) is a mild form of sedation, and its effects wear off quickly. Patients typically recover within a few minutes after the gas supply is discontinued, allowing them to resume their daily activities.
  • Oral sedation, usually administered in the form of a pill or liquid, can have longer-lasting effects. The sedation may last for a few hours, and patients may require some time to fully recover. It’s important not to drive or engage in any strenuous activities until the effects have completely worn off.

It’s important to discuss the type of sedation being used, as well as its duration and potential side effects, with your dentist before the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with specific guidance on what to expect and how to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

What are the Side Effects of Sedation?

Dental sedation can have varying side effects, depending on the type and level of sedation used, as well as individual factors. Here are some potential side effects associated with sedation:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dry Mouth
  • Memory Issues
  • Dizziness and Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat or Hoarseness
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Respiratory Issues

It’s crucial to discuss your medical history and any concerns with your dentist before undergoing sedation. They will evaluate your specific situation and choose the appropriate sedation method with the least risk of side effects.

All Smiles Family Dentistry Omaha | Dundee | Midtown

Don’t let dental anxiety come between you and the treatment you need. You can reach All Smiles Family Dentistry in Omaha at (402) 502-7000 for questions or to schedule a dental appointment here.