Monticello Family Dental

21620 Midland Drive
Shawnee, KS 66218

Monticello Sedation Dentistry

For patients who are anxious in a dental setting, who have had bad dental treatment experiences, or who require extensive dental procedures, our offices offer several different dental sedation options.

Nitrous Oxide

The most common sedation option used in dental offices, "laughing gas" is a simple blend of nitrous oxide and oxygen, delivered through a small mask that fits over the patient’s nose. Most patients feel less anxious and more relaxed almost instantly, and their treatment can be completed quickly.

Nitrous is not a narcotic or a pain reliever. It simply combats anxiety and nervousness. The amount of nitrous being delivered can be increased or decreased to provide the amount of relief needed. Once the dental treatment is complete, the mask is removed, and the patient will become completely alert again in just a few minutes.

Nitrous oxide is a safe, non-invasive option for dental sedation, and can even be used for patients who have anxiety over basic preventive care such as cleanings. Just let us know if you would like nitrous oxide to be available when you make your appointment.

Oral Sedation

Some patients require a little more help during their dental appointment. Oral sedation consists of a small pill which can be taken at a specified time before your procedure (usually an hour ahead.) The medication will make you feel very relaxed and will blur your memories of the dental procedure. You may feel comfortable and anxiety-free enough to nap lightly during your procedure.

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who have had traumatic dental experiences, or who have phobias about dental work. If you are a candidate for oral sedation, you will need a responsible party over the age of 18 to drive you home after your appointment. Usually the oral sedation will wear off completely within 4-8 hours.

IV Sedation

For patients who need more significant sedation than nitrous oxide provides, our offices partner with a professional group of anesthesiologists who come into our office to provide services when needed. Before IV sedation is scheduled, we will complete a consultation with you, review your health and any medications, and let you know what you need to do to prepare for your appointment.

In most cases, you will be asked to eat and drink nothing in the 8 hours preceding your appointment. If you are on daily medication, you will be instructed which medications you can take, when to take them, and to only use a small sip of water. You will need a responsible party over the age of 18 available to drive you home after your appointment.

During IV sedation, the anesthesiologist will be solely focused on you as their patient, and will not be involved in the dental procedure. They will monitor your heart and blood pressure, and ensure you stay appropriately sedated during the procedure.

The dentist and an assistant will perform the dental work required while you are sedated. As soon as the dental procedure is complete, the anesthesiologist will gently bring out form under sedation. You will be allowed to rest and recover until you meet the stringent requirements for being released. You may feel slightly drowsy for the remainder of the day.

If you are a good candidate for dental sedation, your options will be discussed before your appointment is scheduled. The anesthesiology service we partner with accepts most of the same insurance plans as our office, and will be pre-certifying the process. They also offer independent payment options including financing if necessary.

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