At Sinking Spring Family Dental, we are happy to offer our patients sedation dentistry. You no longer need to put off much needed dental care due to fear or anxiety. Sedation dentistry can help you complete your treatment while you are comfortable, relaxed and worry-free. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, and IV sedation.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide Sedation is an effective solution to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. It is a very light form of sedation, which works fast and wears off quickly. Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that can help you relax. It is extremely safe when professionally administered, and it works very well to reduce the anxieties in many dental patients. Approximately one-third of all dentists use nitrous oxide in their practices. It is usually used to sedate a patient for a short period of time, or in conjunction with another sedation medication.
Pennsylvania law requires that dentists retain a special authorization to perform IV Sedation. The training is extensive to qualify for this authorization. To maintain the special authorization requires specialized courses on sedation that are costly and take additional time away from the office. Dr. Balatgek was trained in IV Sedation at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Reiter was trained in IV Sedation as well as General Anesthesia at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. IV sedation is deep, reliable and controllable, and easily adjusted to each individual patient. This is in contrast to other typical dental office agents like nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or pills (oral sedation) that only provide lighter levels of relaxation. IV sedation is the answer for many patients. Our office uses medical equipment to monitor the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, heart rhythm, CO2 waveform capnography, oxygen saturation and respiratory rates continuously to ensure that the patient is completely comfortable and reacting normally throughout the procedure. While sedated, patients are still able to respond to verbal commands but they are so relaxed that they do not experience any pain, discomfort or anxiety. In fact, patients usually report not remembering much of the procedure and actually believe they were asleep throughout their appointment.
If you think sedation dentistry might be perfect for you, give us a call today! Schedule a free consultation to find out what type of sedation would work best for your needs.