Sedation Dentistry Indianapolis, IN

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist?

North Meridian Dental Excellence offers experienced conscious sedation dentistry in Indianapolis, IN. This general dental service benefits patients who have dental fear and anxiety. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht also uses WAND/STA anesthesia technology to provide painless and comfortable patient care.

Sedation dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana

Benefits of Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is most prominently an aid for patients with dental anxiety. Patients’ fear of the dentist can range from certain noises or tools triggering it to a debilitating fear that makes them unable to walk into the office. When dental fear is bad enough that they aren’t getting regular dental care, it harms oral health. Patients who don’t visit the dentist regularly are more likely to suffer from more extensive dental problems that require invasive care and have high price tags.

Sedation allows these patients to get the care they need. They can come in for regular care and relax through bigger procedures if they’ve been without dental care. This is universal for patients needing intensive or multiple procedures in one sitting. It’s hard to remain calm and comfortable in the dentist’s chair for a long time. Sedation keeps patients comfortable for longer, making it easier for the dentist to work quickly and efficiently.

But other patients can benefit from sedation, too. Patients with movement disorders move involuntarily, which can happen at inconvenient times. Dentists work with sharp, dangerous tools in the small space of the mouth. Children also have difficulty sitting still through a procedure. Sedation relaxes these involuntary movements, making patients safer throughout treatment and giving the dentist an easier situation to work in.

This is the case for patients with a severe gag reflex, too. A gag reflex is extremely uncomfortable for the patient and fights against the dentist as they try to work. Sedation relaxes the gag reflex so the patient is more comfortable, and the dentist can do their work without interruption.

Conscious Sedation Treatment

Dr. Ahlbrecht uses WAND, a computer-assisted system for STA (single-tooth anesthesia). This system is used to contain the anesthetic in a small area. In addition, WAND provides a painless solution for anxious patients. It allows us to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure, specifically targeting the areas where we’ll work.

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is our mildest form of sedation. It’s the only sedation option where you can drive yourself to and from your appointment. You inhale the gas through a cannula or mask during the entire procedure. It takes effect and dissipates very quickly, so when you’re breathing clean air again, the effect disappears after a few breaths. You’ll be in a relaxed, euphoric state throughout the procedure.

Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a pill we prescribe that you usually take about an hour before your procedure. While the length of time differs for each person, the sedation effect stays around for hours. You’ll need a ride to and from your procedure to ensure safety. It’s a deeper form of sedation than laughing gas, and you may not remember parts or all of the procedure. While it doesn’t put you to sleep, you may fall asleep during the procedure.

Sedation FAQs

Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry.

Is dental sedation safe?

Yes, dental sedation poses no harm to patients. Dental sedation has been used for many years to help calm patients with medical and mental health issues. Before proceeding with sedation dentistry, we discuss your medical history and ensure that sedation is suitable for you. We want to ensure that there are no risks before we move forward.

How long do the effects of oral sedation last?

Oral sedation could last from two to eight hours. This is why you require a ride to and from your appointment. Even if you feel fine after the procedure, we want to play it safe. Driving or operating any heavy machinery after your procedure is a hazard. Take the time to rest for the rest of the day after oral conscious sedation.

What does oral sedation feel like?

You may feel drowsiness or tingling sensations. You will also be in a euphoric state. Oral sedation is painless since sedation and anesthetic are used in tandem.

Is sedation safe for children?

Yes. However, sedation is used for children only when necessary. Children with developmental and behavioral disabilities benefit the most. We usually use nitrous oxide for children as it takes effect and dissipates quickly, with no lasting effects.

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