Relaxing Treatments, Remarkable Results
Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming dental implant procedure? We understand that visiting the dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience for some patients, but rest assured that our team is here to help make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Our Rancho Cucamonga, CA, implant dentist, Dr. Jay Stockdale, offers safe and effective sedation dentistry solutions to ensure your procedure is stress-free and relaxing. We know that maintaining a healthy and attractive smile is important to you, and we want to help you overcome any fears or anxieties that may be holding you back from seeking the dental care you need.
At Renaissance Dental Care, we’re committed to providing remarkable results and helping our patients achieve optimal oral health. Let us help you feel at ease during your next dental implant appointment.
Types of Sedation
Different types of dental sedation help patients with unique requirements have a comfortable and successful dental care experience. Dr. Stockdale is qualified to administer two different types of sedation depending on the patient’s individual needs, the extent of their procedure, and their levels of anxiety.
At Renaissance Dental Care, we’re proud to offer nitrous oxide sedation and oral conscious sedation.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative option for patients with mild to moderate anxiety during dental implant procedures. Dr. Stockdale or a team member will place a mask over the patient’s nose to administer a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which helps calm their nerves and ensure their comfort during the treatment.
Dr. Stockdale monitors the patient’s nitrous oxide levels carefully, ensuring they remain safe and relaxed throughout the procedure. The effects of the gas typically last for about an hour, and patients may need someone to drive them home after the treatment. With nitrous oxide, patients can enjoy a stress-free dental implant procedure without any discomfort or anxiety.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Dr. Stockdale may recommend oral conscious sedation for patients with moderate to severe anxiety about their dental implant procedure. This convenient and straightforward form of sedation is administered in pill form, allowing patients to feel calm and ready for treatment an hour before the procedure.
While oral conscious sedation may cause drowsiness, patients remain conscious throughout the procedure, allowing Dr. Stockdale to provide optimal oral health care. However, patients must arrange for someone to accompany them home afterward. With oral conscious sedation, patients can enjoy a stress-free and comfortable dental implant procedure, without feeling anxious or uncomfortable.
Who Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?
If you’re considering dental sedation, ask Dr. Stockdale at your next appointment. He’ll carefully review your medical and dental history, along with any other relevant information, and discuss your options with you.
Patients commonly choose sedation for the following reasons:
- Sensitive teeth
- A fear or anxiety that prevents them from routine dentist visits
- A low pain threshold
- A patient requires a large amount of dental work
- An inability to sit still in the dentist’s chair
- A gag reflex that makes receiving dental care challenging
Frequently Asked Questions
What does conscious sedation feel like?
It’ll feel like you’re half-asleep — you’ll be completely relaxed and may feel like you could fall asleep easily, but you won’t lose consciousness. You’ll be awake, but won’t feel any pain and will hardly notice what’s going on during the procedure.
Can I talk during conscious sedation?
During conscious sedation, you’ll be able to respond to questions and may or may not remember the procedure. You’ll be completely relaxed and free of worries. Most of our patients report feeling a euphoric and calm sensation.
Some common side effects of dental sedation include:
- Delayed reflexes
- Low blood pressure
Throughout the procedure, your qualified dentist will stay in communication to ensure you feel comfortable and pain-free. They’ll adjust the dosage of sedatives if needed.
Is conscious sedation safer than general anesthesia?
Conscious sedation is generally safer than general anesthesia because there are more risks associated with fully losing consciousness. That’s why general anesthesia is reserved for invasive surgeries that take place in hospitals.
However, conscious sedation does have its risks, such as:
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Allergic reaction
Complications with conscious sedation are rare. With a qualified, trusted dentist to administer the medication, they’ll ensure you receive the proper dosage and that the treatment produces the best results possible.
How long does the sedative effect last?
The duration of the sedative effect depends on the type of sedation used. Nitrous oxide typically wears off within a few minutes after the mask is removed. Oral conscious sedation, on the other hand, may last for several hours after the procedure.
Explore Our Sedation Options With Dr. Stockdale
Don’t let dental anxiety prevent you from getting the care you need. At Renaissance Dental Care, we’ll make sure you feel comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. To learn more about our dental sedation options, call us at (909) 297-1921 to schedule an appointment today. You can also book your appointment online, and our staff will get back to you promptly. We’re proud to serve patients in Rancho Cucamonga and the surrounding areas like Riverside, San Bernardino, and Diamond Bar, CA.