Do you have a fear of going to the dentist? Are you anxious the night before your dental procedure? We are happy to let you know that you are not the only one. About 9% to 15% of Americans (estimated 30 million to 40 million people) avoid visiting the dentist out of fear and anxiety.

Although going to the dentist may be nerve wrecking for some patients, there are various options in today’s modern dentistry to ensure that the visit is as painless and tolerable as possible (and perhaps enjoyable!).

At our practice, we offer not one but three sedation techniques to our patients: oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation and intravenous sedation.

Oral sedation is an effective method of conscious sedation that involves the administration of oral sedative drugs. This method utilizes drugs from the benzodiazepine class, which enhance the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid that result in sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and amnesic states. This method is greatly effective for patients who experience anxiety during dental procedures, have prior dental trauma or have belonephobia (fear of needles and sharp instruments).

Nitrous oxide sedation is another extremely safe and effective method that works to help reduce anxiety in many dental patients with lengthy procedures. In addition to its calming effects on the dental patient, the other benefits of nitrous oxide sedation method include short recovery time and short duration of onset. All of the staff members in our clinical department have been thoroughly trained on when and how to administer nitrous oxide.

Intravenous sedation (IV sedation) is a method of conscious sedation in which   Dr. Rasmussen administers sedation medications directly into the patient’s bloodstream using an IV line. In addition to allowing the patient to remain conscious during the dental procedure, IV sedation is a safe and extremely effective method that alleviates pain and reduces anxiety. To ensure the most optimal state of care, the clinical department closely monitors the patient’s breathing and blood pressure. A special monitoring equipment is also used such as the EKG monitoring device with the pulse oximeter. The drugs that are administered during IV sedation are Versed and Fentanyl, with the adjustments of dosage and consciousness made to best fit the patient’s specific needs. All staff members at Implant and Periodontal Therapy are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) trained and certified.

While there are three different sedation techniques available to our patients, we believe in providing all of our patients with Psycho Sedation. Implant & Periodontal Therapy defines psycho sedation as the use of the most tender care to ensure that each patient is in the most comfortable, relaxed state.

So the next time that you are anxious about a dental procedure, think about all of the sedation techniques available at our office.