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Sedation Dentist

Sedation Dentistry

At Mandeville Center For Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental anxiety is common. Each year, an estimated 40 million Americans avoid dental appointments due to fear. At the Mandeville Center for Dental Excellence, we welcome anxious patients because patient comfort is our top priority. If our practice comforts and amenities aren’t enough to relax you, we offer a full range of sedation dentistry services to put you at ease.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps patients relax so they can have productive dental visits. Depending on your level of anxiety and the dental treatment you receive, you’ll be offered one of three sedation options: laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and I.V. administered sedation. Dr. Schof has completed sedation dentistry training, has an oral conscious sedation permit from the State of Louisiana, and offers all three services.

Sedation Options – Stress Less at the Dentist

Laughing Gas

This safe, colorless and odorless gas is sometimes referred to as “laughing gas”. Before and during your dental procedure, you will breathe in the gas through a small mask. Laughing gas will relax you, but you’ll still be awake and able to respond to questions or directions during treatment. When your procedure is complete, you’ll breathe in pure oxygen to reverse the effects. You’ll be able to go back to work or drive home afterward.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This level of sedation is administered in pill form. Dr. Schof will give you a small amount of commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication to take an hour or so before your appointment. The medication will make you very drowsy, so it’s important to arrange for transportation to and from your dental appointment.

You will still be conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions during your dental treatment. Many patients find they are so relaxed that when the appointment is over, they have little or no recall of it.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

The highest level of sedation is given intravenously, or through the vein. In our office, the sedation medication is administered by a nurse anesthetist. Most patients describe the insertion as a pinch or prick, but the insertion site can be topically numbed to reduce your sensitivity. After the medication has been administered, you will quickly become drowsy. Unlike the effects of general anesthesia, you will still be conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions, but you will be deeply relaxed and likely not remember the procedure.

Never Fear With Sedation Dentistry!

Dr. Schof invites and welcomes anxious and fearful patients to his office because he knows that our team will make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and like part of our dental family. We don’t begin, or proceed with, dental treatment unless you are comfortable, and you will never be left alone while sedated. Your vital signs will be monitored the entire time, and we’ll be attentive to your needs throughout your entire visit.

Before we recommend a sedation option, Dr. Schof will review and discuss your medical history, dental history, and the history of your anxiety. For many patients, dental anxiety can be traced back to past negative dental experiences, even as far back as childhood. We encourage open communication to help determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry, and to assess the level of sedation appropriate for you.

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