Dental anxiety, a strong gag reflex, and difficulty getting numb are all reasons that our patients have said they stay away from the dentist. Rather than putting you through a stressful or less than ideal dental appointment, we decided to come up with a solution by offering sedation dentistry here in our Portland dental office.
Every patient is different, and with that in mind, we wanted to make your options convenient for you with three different sedation levels to choose from.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This is a mild, odorless gas that you inhale through a small nose mask. We control your sedation level throughout your appointment. The effects wear off shortly after we stop administering the gas, and you will feel clear-headed by the time you drive home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
As the name suggests, you will remain conscious throughout your appointment, but you may not remember much of it because oral sedation helps patients relax into a dreamy state. Time flies, and your appointment will feel easy and stress-free. You will need a driver since the medication is long-lasting. You will also feel groggy after treatment and should go home and rest.
This is our highest level of sedation and will be administered through an IV. Like oral sedation, you will need a driver and should take the rest of the day off to relax after your treatment.