Sedation Dentistry

Experience a stress-free dental visit with Westhill Dental’s sedation dentistry in Greenville, WI, offering laughing gas, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia for your comfort.

Sedation Dentistry in Greenville, WI

At Westhill Dental, we understand that dental visits can be a source of anxiety for many. That’s why we specialize in sedation dentistry to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our primary focus is IV sedation, the most effective method to ease your fears and help you relax during procedures. We also offer laughing gas, oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia to accommodate all needs and preferences.

With our state-of-the-art IV sedation techniques and other sedation options, we are equipped to provide you with a positive dental experience. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can make your next dental visit a comfortable and relaxing one.

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Dental Sedation Options

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is a sedation method where the gas is administered through a mask to be inhaled through the nose. After inhaling nitrous oxide for about five minutes, patients often experience relaxation and a diminished sense of various sensations, such as pressure and pain. Laughing gas acts quickly to relieve pain and anxiety and is very safe, with its effects dissipating roughly five minutes after the procedure concludes. This short-duration sedative allows patients to drive themselves to and from their appointments safely.

Oral sedation offers a deeper level of sedation, typically resulting in a vague recollection of the appointment. Patients consume the sedative medication between 12 hours to one hour before their appointment and must arrange transportation to the clinic. By the time of the appointment, the sedative effect is fully active, making the patient extremely drowsy and insensitive to pain or other sensations. This sedation method is a bit riskier and generally reserved for healthy individuals with arranged transportation.

IV sedation is considered the safest form of sedation, allowing precise and rapid adjustment of medication levels tailored to the individual’s needs. Like oral sedation, it requires a driver to and from the appointment. It is suitable for healthy individuals without significant medical issues. The procedure involves a minor initial discomfort from a needle insertion in the arm, followed by medication that induces a deep sleep, leaving the patient with no memory of the procedure.

General anesthesia is used for procedures where deep sedation is necessary. It is typically reserved for more complex and lengthy dental surgeries, such as the extraction of impacted wisdom teeth, the placement of dental implants, or reconstructive surgeries. General anesthesia renders the patient completely unconscious, ensuring they are not aware of the procedure and do not feel any pain during it.

Prepare For Your Appointment

It’s essential that you adhere to our guidelines when preparing for your appointment involving IV sedation or general anesthesia.

  • Ensure you’re in good health. If you exhibit any symptoms of a cold, such as a head or chest cold, prior to your appointment, it may be necessary to reschedule your procedure.
  • Abstain from eating for 8 hours before your appointment. You can have water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee without cream or sugar until 3 hours before your appointment. Refrain from all other foods and liquids during the 8-hour period.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid tight-fitting garments or long sleeves, as we need easy access to your arms for the blood pressure cuff.
  • Do not wear fingernail polish. All types of fingernail polish must be removed to prevent interference with our monitoring equipment.
  • Arrange for transportation. You will need a designated driver to bring you to your appointment and take you home. This person must stay within the office or their vehicle throughout the procedure and not leave to run errands. If you are under 19, this person should be your parent or guardian.
  • Assign a caretaker. We require that someone stays with you for at least four hours after the procedure.
  • For the following 24 hours, do not drive, operate any machinery (including lawnmowers, tractors, etc.), or use power tools.

What are the benefits of IV Sedation?

Intravenous (IV) sedation is our premier choice for managing dental anxiety and is perfect for longer, more complex procedures. IV sedation allows for an adjustable level of sedation tailored to your comfort and health requirements. There are various other benefits.

  • Immediate Effectiveness: The sedative effects are quick, making it ideal for immediate relaxation.
  • Adjustable Sedation Levels: Can be adjusted in real time to ensure optimal comfort throughout your treatment.
  • Amnesia Effect: Most patients have no memory of the procedure, which is beneficial for those with severe dental anxiety.
  • Safety: Continuously monitored by our skilled dental team to ensure safety.

What should I expect with IV Sedation?

With IV sedation, you’ll receive sedative medication through a vein, which allows it to take effect more quickly. You’ll begin to feel very relaxed and may even fall asleep during the procedure, although you can still respond to verbal cues from the dental team. IV sedation provides a deeper level of sedation compared to laughing gas or oral sedation, making it an excellent option for those with significant dental anxiety or undergoing extensive dental work. It’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure, as the effects of the sedation may take some time to wear off completely. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, and we will monitor you closely throughout the procedure to ensure a smooth and comfortable experience.

What is laughing gas and what does it do?

Laughing gas, scientifically known as nitrous oxide, is a mild sedative inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. It helps to relax patients by inducing a euphoric state, making dental procedures more comfortable and reducing anxiety. The effects of laughing gas are mild and wear off quickly once the mask is removed, allowing patients to drive themselves home after the procedure. It’s a safe, effective option for patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety about dental work.

What types of anesthesia are used for dental work?

Dental procedures utilize various types of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort, including:

  • Local Anesthesia: Numbs the area where the dental work will be done, without affecting consciousness.
  • Laughing Gas (Nitrous Oxide): A mild sedative that relaxes patients while keeping them fully awake and responsive.
  • Oral Sedation: Involves taking a prescribed sedative pill before the procedure, reducing anxiety levels and making patients feel drowsy.
  • IV Sedation: Administered directly into the bloodstream for a deeper level of sedation, suitable for patients with severe anxiety or undergoing longer procedures. Patients may fall asleep and have little memory of the procedure.

The choice of anesthesia depends on the specific needs and health of the patient, as well as the nature of the dental work being performed.

More Questions?

If you have more questions dental sedation, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Westhill Dental Greenville

N1734 Lily of the Valley Dr.
Greenville, WI, 54942
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