Sedation Dentistry in St. Paul, MN
At Associated Dentists, we are proud to offer a full suite of professional and safe anesthetic services and care for every dental treatment that we provide in our state-of-the-art facility.
For adults, children, and those with special needs, we offer anesthesia and IV sedation with all procedures, including:
Anesthesia: A Spectrum of Options
Anesthesia is an essential part of providing comfort and ease during our oral surgery and dental procedures, and thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices available to us today. We can block pain, calm nerves, and even give you a restful sleep while we carry out your procedure.
Local anesthetics, such as lidocaine, are the most common form of anesthesia in oral surgery procedures. They are administered directly to the surgical site to numb the tissue so that you do not feel any pain. For some minor procedures, such as soft tissue and simple extractions, a local anesthetic is all that is generally needed to get the job done.
For some, the use of an oral sedative about an hour before the procedure can help with anxiety. While oral sedatives do not eliminate pain, they provide our patients with a sense of calm prior to the procedure. Local anesthesia is then used to numb the surgical site.
Nitrous Oxide—Laughing Gas
Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and administered through a breathing mask. This causes our patients to be conscious but relaxed during the procedure. Laughing gas provides some pain-relief but is not comprehensive. It is used in conjunction with local anesthesia for total pain control.
IV Sedation—Twilight Sedation
IV sedation is very comfortable and doesn’t involve a lengthy recovery phase like general anesthesia. With twilight sedation, our patients are awake – or drifting in and out of sleep – for the procedure but comfortable and calm and may have no memory of the surgery when it’s over. This type of sedation is administered through an IV in our office and can be reversed at any time with an antidote. It is a safe and very effective way to perform procedures on patients who have anxiety about surgery. IV Sedation is suitable for most oral surgery procedures.
General anesthesia has a longer recovery period than twilight sedation, requiring several hours for it to wear off. However, it is the preferred choice for some conditions that don’t otherwise allow for adequate anesthesia.
Safety and Anesthesia
Your safety is our top priority. We have an excellent safety record in anesthesia, as the training for anesthesia is very extensive, more so than for any health specialist.
Anesthesia: What to Expect
Plan to fast—Do not consume food or drinks 8 hours prior to your procedure if you are having IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia.
Bring a driver—You will need an adult to accompany you to your appointment and drive you home after IV or general sedation or if you are taking oral sedatives.
Comfort and care—We will make you comfortable before, during, and after your procedure, using the anesthesia plan that we discuss with you in advance.
If you have any concerns about an upcoming procedure, please give us a call. We are here to answer any questions you may have and to guarantee the best experience possible.
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