Serving Our Community Since 2000
Dental anxiety can be paralyzing to a patient. About 50% of the population experiences dental anxiety at some point. For these people, going to the dentist feels like a task they can't bear. As a providing practice, Progressive Periodontics, Implants and Laser Therapy understands and will do everything we can to help combat that fear, including offering sedation dentistry to our patients.
From the minute you walk in the door, our staff will help ensure you feel comfortable. We'll walk you through your visit and see to it that all of your questions are answered. When it comes time for your treatment, your mind will be at ease knowing we offer multiple sedation dentistry options that can help.
Want to learn more about our sedation dental treatments? Call us today at (503) 966-3780.
During sedation, patients are typically awake the whole time, with the exception of those under general anesthesia. Minimal and moderate sedation is when you are awake but very relaxed, and deep sedation is when you are on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened.
We use all levels in our office for the following types of sedation:
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is used as a method of light sedation dentistry. It’s administered through a small mask that fits comfortably over the patient’s nose and works almost instantly to relax the patient. Although relaxed, you will still be completely conscious and able to ask any questions you may have throughout the treatment. As you near the end of your appointment, the nitrous will be switched off and replaced with oxygen. The effects of the gas wear off quickly, allowing the patient to resume their normal tasks the same day.
Oral sedation involves a prescribed medication that is often taken one hour prior to an appointment. The medication takes approximately 30 minutes to start working (the exact time varies from patient to patient). If you choose to take an oral sedative, you will need to have a ride both to and from your appointment.
Conscious IV Sedation
For our patients undergoing lengthy procedures, conscious IV sedation is a great choice. This type of sedation dentistry is administered through an IV, and the effects are almost instant. During your treatment, you will be conscious and able to ask questions and interact with Dr. Thanik. You may also experience temporary amnesia, forgetting the treatment ever took place. Like oral sedation, you will want to have a ride to and from your appointment.
For patients with extreme dental anxiety, general sedation dentistry is the deepest type of sedation we offer. It is administered by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist who regularly teams up with our practice. These providers will ensure you are comfortable and deeply sedated during treatment. This is the same type of sedation often used during general surgery, and you will likely not remember any of the treatment that has been completed. If you choose this type of sedation, you will need to make sure you have a ride home from your appointment.
Progressive Equipment & Care
Your Partner in Gum Health
Experience Where It Counts
Trust our Team of Experts