Questions to ask your Sedation Dentist

Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

Do you suffer from severe anxiety or fear over the prospect of a dental appointment? Do you have a pre-existing condition that makes it challenging to receive professional dental care? Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients with these issues get the care they need.
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Unsure about whether or not sedation dentistry is right for you? At Lake Forest Smiles, your sedation dentists Drs. Douglas Campbell and David Schmidt want to assist in this process. We believe you should be comfortable with any dental procedure—but especially one where sedation will be used. That is why we compiled this list of questions you should ask your sedation dentist.

What kinds of sedation do you use?

At Lake Forest, we offer two different methods of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide – Also known as laughing gas, this chemical compound is mixed with oxygen and administered in a mask that fits comfortably over the nose. The gas has a calming effect while diminishing your awareness of your surroundings and easing any anxiety.
  • IV sedation – Administered intravenously, this form of sedation is more potent because it is sent directly into the bloodstream. IV sedation induces a sleep-state of extreme relaxation, and the level of sedation can be adjusted easily throughout the dental procedure.

Both methods of sedation are proven safe and effective.

Will I be able to breathe on my own while under the effects of sedation?

Yes. Whether you choose nitrous oxide or IV sedation as your method of sedation, you remain in either a conscious or semi-conscious state. You can breathe on your own and retain the ability to communicate with our dentists and hygienists.

Who should consider sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is recommended for patients who:

  • Suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia
  • Need several different treatments —such as the combinations of cosmetic procedures that take place in a smile makeover—or a lengthy procedure such as the placement of dental implants or All-on-4
  • Have a pre-existing condition that makes it difficult to keep your jaw open or remain in the dental chair for extended periods

How should I prepare for a procedure involving nitrous oxide?

Adult patients should be able to undergo a procedure involving nitrous oxide and, after a brief observation period of about 20 minutes after the flow of the gas is cut off, should be able to resume their normal routine, including driving home. Children, however, may experience nausea from nitrous oxide and should have their intake of food and drink curtailed about six hours before an appointment where sedation dentistry will be used.

How should I prepare for a procedure involving IV sedation?

Allocate enough time in that day’s schedule to allow you to recover fully from the effects of sedation. It could take up to six hours for all the sedation to subside. You should not eat or drink anything, including water, for at least eight hours prior to the procedure. Also, make sure you arrange for someone to give you a ride home or find some other means of transportation. Adults should abstain from drinking alcohol for about a day prior to a procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Generally speaking, sedation dentistry is safe for most healthy individuals. However, certain medical conditions may make it unsafe or ineffective to receive nitrous oxide or IV sedation. Be sure to disclose your complete medical history, including medications that you take, if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or glaucoma.

Sedation Dentistry in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and Lincolnshire

To find out more about sedation dentistry or any of the other services we offer at Lake Forest Smiles, call our office at (847) 234-4800 to schedule a consultation if you are located in the areas of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, or Lincolnshire in Illinois. Drs. Campbell and Schmidt have been providing elite dental care for more than 30 years. We welcome you to our practice.

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