We offer several options to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during your treatment with us.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet smelling, non irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years.
It is safe; the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on you heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, we will need to take a complete medical history before administering. You may not want to use it if you are pregnant, have an ear infection or an upper respiratory tract infection, such as a cold or allergies.
Oral or Conscious Sedation
Patients will take a low dosage of a sedative medication prior to treatment, leaving them completely relaxed and extremely comfortable. Our team monitors your vital signs constantly and you are never left alone. You will still be awake enough to respond to the doctor, but will essentially sleep though the entire appointment. Due to the relaxing effects of the medication, you should have someone drive you to and from the appointment. Dr. Greenhalgh has received advanced training at Baylor College of Dentistry and is certified by the state of Texas for oral sedation.
IV (Intravenous) Sedation
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation for their dental treatment. This is one service that sets our office apart from other dental practices.
IV Sedation helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing complex dental procedures. IV sedation is designed to better enable you to undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed; it will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may be very uncomfortable for you. IV sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep but you will be comfortable, calm and relaxed.
If you choose the option of intravenous sedation your IV sedation/anesthesia is administered and monitored by Dr. Greenhalgh, therefore eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same day surgical facility. Dr. Greenhalgh has had training with general anesthesiologists and took an extensive course on IV sedation at the University of Alabama College of Dentistry.
How is the IV Sedation Administered?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. At times a patient’s vein may not be maintainable, in these situations the medications will be administered and the needle retrieved – both scenarios will achieve the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once again some patients may be asleep while others will slip in and out of sleep. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.
The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. It is very safe, much safer than oral sedation. With IV sedation a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary.
What are the advantages of IV sedation?
- The medication acts quickly to sedate the patient unlike oral medications which can take an hour or more to take effect.
- If necessary during treatment, the dentist can administer more medication directly through the IV, instantly enhancing the sedation.
Patients will have little or no memory of their treatment. Feel free to contact us for any questions on our sedation dentistry treatments at our Dental Office in El Paso Texas. We will do all we can to satisfy our clients.