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Dental Anesthesia And Sedation

Dental Surgeons Administering Anesthesia to Patient

At SplenDent Implant Center, we want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your dental treatment. We provide several methods of anesthesia to meet each patient’s specific needs. In addition to conscious sedation, we offer IV sedation administered by an experienced nurse anesthetist.

Local Anesthesia

Local anesthetics are used to numb the area where dental treatment is going to be performed. Your dentist applies a topical anesthetic to the gums or tissue to numb the site before injecting the local anesthetic. After the injections are administered, you may feel a stinging sensation, but the area will become completely numb within in a few minutes and stays numb throughout the procedure. Our experienced dentists and surgeons are adept at administering local anesthesia, and strive to make the process as painless as possible.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is safe and noninvasive, and keeps you relaxed and comfortable throughout your dental procedure. It is offered at no extra cost to our patients. To receive conscious sedation, you inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen (sometimes known as ‘laughing gas’) through a nasal mask. In some cases, a patient may also take a prescribed oral anti-anxiety medication before dental treatments to help them relax. We understand that dental anxiety can be a problem for some patients, and we are committed to helping you feel safe and calm before, during, and after your procedure.

IV Sedation

Woman undergoing conscious sedation in dental chair

IV sedation puts you in a deeper state of relaxation than nitrous oxide and oral sedation can. IV sedation is sometimes called “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry,” which gives patients the impression that they will be completely unconscious during their procedure. In fact, you will remain awake the entire time but generally won’t care about what is happening or remember much of anything once the medication wears off.

To administer IV sedation, our nurse anesthetist administers anti-anxiety medications directly into your bloodstream. A needle is used to insert a tube into a vein, usually on the top of your hand, and sedatives are administered through this tube. While you're under IV sedation, your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing are monitored to make sure you stay stable throughout your dental procedure.

IV sedation is typically used for more complex cases or upon request by some patients. Both conscious sedation and IV sedation enable our dentists to effectively perform procedures, such as dental implants, while keeping patients free of stress, anxiety and discomfort.

After Your Appointment

If you receive conscious or IV sedation, you must have an adult drive you to and from your appointment. You may feel sleepy, lightheaded, or unsteady on your feet, so it’s a good idea to have someone help you in and out of the car and assist you when you get home. Avoid standing up quickly, which can cause dizziness and increase your chances of falling. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery or drink alcohol until the sedative has completely worn off. After having a local anesthetic it’s also important to avoid consuming hot food or beverages such as coffee and tea while your mouth is numb to avoid burning yourself.

Contact Us To Learn More

Our dedicated team at SplenDent Implant Center is committed to helping patients improve their oral health and their smiles. We provide safe, effective dental treatment in a welcoming and comfortable environment. To learn more about anesthesia and sedation and the other services we offer, contact us online or call us at 616-446-7987 to schedule an appointment. Our caring dentists and staff serve patients in Norton Shores, Muskegon, and throughout west Michigan.