Greater Patient Comfort with Dental Sedation
Anxiety, apprehension, and fear are common among many patients when it comes to their dental and periodontal treatment. While its causes and effects vary from patient to patient, dental fear can often be alleviated with an appropriate method of dental sedation. Designed to deliver a potent, relaxed, slightly-euphoric feeling while allowing you to remain conscious, Dr. Kania offers a variety of sedation methods that can be tailored to your unique needs.
Dental Sedation Methods
Inhaled Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)
Nitrous oxide, a mild sedative in gaseous form, is inhaled through a mask that fits comfortably over your nose. As you inhale, you immediately exhale the nitrous oxide through your mouth, and the level of sedation can be adjusted throughout your treatment according to your needs.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is typically taken in pill or liquid form before your procedure, and offers a more powerful effect than nitrous oxide. Nevertheless, you will still remain conscious and responsive while sedated, and for more potent results, Dr. Kania may suggest taking an oral sedative the night before your appointment, as well.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous (IV) sedation is usually reserved for patients with severe dental fear or anxiety, or for extensive procedures that may require surgery, such as dental implant placement. The administration of the sedative, your responsiveness, and your vital signs will all be monitored by Dr. Kania and a team of trained medical staff to ensure a safe, comfortable procedure.
Find the Right Sedation Option for You
With the right dental sedation, you can make your treatment significantly more comfortable and less time consuming, even if you experience severe levels of dental anxiety. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania and our team by calling our periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.