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Sedation Dentistry

Whatever your individual level of anxiety may be, our office is committed to making sure that your visit is as comfortable, quick and easy as possible. There are many solutions for dental anxiety, and we are ready to help.

3 Levels of Sedation

Nitrous Oxide

Also commonly referred to as “laughing gas”, this method is ideal for those requiring quick recovery following a procedure. Nitrous oxide can be administered and quickly flushed out by oxygen within minutes. Nitrous oxide is FREE for all patients during operative produces. Following a nitrous oxide treatment, the patient will be as alert and bright-eyed as upon arrival. Nitrous oxide sedation is extremely safe and works great for both kids and adults.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry comprises of a tiny pill(s), which is safe and will allow you to undergo multiple procedures at once, and you won’t even know you went to the dentist! These tiny pills calm all nerves and takes you into a twilight sedated state. While you’re sedated, our team of dentists performs your procedures. When you “wake up” you’re back home and comfortable. It’s that simple! All we request is the patient to have a driver on the day of the procedure. As with the nitrous, oral sedation at our office is FREE of charge. A prescription will be given to the patient and he or she can have it conveniently filled at a pharmacy of their choice, usually covered under their medical insurance.

IV Sedation

The most comprehensive – and safest – sedation procedure. By having direct access to your circulatory system, we can take you to a deeper level of sedation by using modern sedation medications, such as Versed, Fentanyl, and Toradol, etc. Your blood pressure, heart rate, and the amount of oxygen in your blood are continuously monitored by the Parker Dental Group team.

Here are a few popular methods for easing anxiety in the dental office

  • Communication : Informing us as to what you are afraid of is a great place to start. Often we can quell a fear simply by giving you correct or updated information. We will always keep you informed before, during and after your procedure, making sure that you understand what is going on and why we are doing it.
  • Calming Techniques : Many patients find it helpful to practice controlled breathing or to find distraction inside the room.
  • Listening to Music : With most procedures, the use of personal headphones and music is allowed. This is a great way to keep calm and pass the time while in the chair.
  • Oral Sedation/IV Sedation : Depending on the nature of your procedure, various types of sedation may be available to you including oral sedation.
  • Taking Breaks : Let us know if you would like to take a short break during your treatment by signaling with your left hand.

Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply- the fearful!

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia- fear no more! At the Parker Dental group, we are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, our sedation options will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way.