Whether it’s due to nerves or simply an inability to sit still for the entire procedure, many patients find it hard to relax during their periodontal visit. When you call Pioneer Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for the first time, don’t forget to ask about the different types of sedation we have available. Drs. Rutledge, Le, Bradley, and Killeen can help you pick the best type of sedation dentistry in Lincoln, NE to keep your fear and discomfort under control during your treatment.
After the sedative is delivered to a vein on your hand or arm through a needle, you’ll very quickly start to feel completely at peace. You’ll still be able to talk to the dentist, but you won’t feel the anxiety you might normally experience. It’s not uncommon to have little to no memory of what happened during the procedure itself. We’ll monitor your pulse and oxygen the entire time you’re under the influence of the sedative to ensure your safety.
You’ll be given a pill along with instructions on when to take it. You’ll feel drowsy, but the medicine isn’t meant to put you to sleep; we can awaken you easily if you do doze off. The procedure will seem to pass by quickly, and you’re unlikely to recall any smells or noises associated with the procedure. Don’t forget to bring a trusted adult with you; you’ll need someone to drive you home.
If you only need a mild sedative, you’re likely a candidate for nitrous oxide. Throughout the procedure, you’ll wear a nose hood and breathe in the gas. You can expect to feel a general sense of elation, and any pain you experience will be significantly reduced. Nitrous oxide side effects are rare, although you might notice some tingling and numbness. Don’t worry about driving home afterwards; unlike oral conscious and IV sedation, nitrous oxide wears off very quickly after the nose hood is removed and you will feel back to normal.