Sedation Dentistry

Feel at Ease During Your Dental Visit

Thanks to sedation dentistry, you can feel calm and at ease during your appointment with Dr. Gaitan at Royal Dental at the Villages. If you feel nervous or on edge during a dental visit, I.V. sedation is available as a safe, effective option. You may feel that your procedure took only a few minutes when it may have actually lasted hours. Complex procedures may take fewer appointments as more can be completed during the same visit.

If you have any reluctance to choosing dental procedures, sedation dentistry at Royal Dental can make you feel more comfortable about the whole process. It also addresses some common fears about going to the dentist regularly, thus making you feel more comfortable about receiving routine care and preventing further issues with your oral health.

When you schedule an appointment at Royal Dental with Dr. Gaitan, let us know if you have dental anxiety so that we can prepare for your visit accordingly. For many people, the actual procedure is not uncomfortable, but it is the anxiety and worry that causes angst. With this in mind, we often prescribe an oral sedative or laughing gas that can be administered prior to the appointment to help a person relax. While this is not a pain killer, it eases the fear and relaxes the body so that you can remain peaceful while having teeth cleaned, or dental work performed.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are various levels and types of sedation. During your consultation, Dr. Gaitan will discuss the recommended dental procedure with you and talk about any anxieties you may have. At that time, a recommendation will be made for the type of sedation you may want to consider. The ultimate decision is up to you based on how you believe you will handle the procedure. In many cases, our patients simply need to relax and prefer to use laughing gas in order to do so. It is quick, effective, and wears off when the procedure is finished without impairing any other bodily functions. Some patients even use sedation dentistry to relax when getting their teeth cleaned since there is no actual pain associated with the treatment.

When a cavity is being treated or other minor dental work performed, patients may prefer to use a combination of laughing gas and localized pain medication. After numbing the surface of the gums, we can inject pain medication that numbs the area that is being worked on. As a sedation dentist, Dr. Gaitan knows this is an effective tool for us to prevent and eliminate any discomfort. We administer only as much medication as is necessary throughout the course of the treatment, and only that specific area will remain numb. The benefit of this type of sedation is how localized it is. For example, if a cavity is being treated on one side of the mouth, the other side will remain fully functional. This way you can eat immediately after the treatment while the numbing effect wears off the other side.

If a more intensive procedure is required, patients may prefer IV medication for a more thorough effect. When sedation is administered through this means the numbing effect is more pervasive and not confined to that one specific area of the mouth. It is extremely effective and as a sedation dentist, we find that many of our patients request this type of medication because they want to ensure that they do not feel anything while having dental work performed. If this is the case, the effect can still wear off fairly quickly after the treatment is over, but we do recommend having a friend or family member drive you home just in case.

For those needing oral surgery, total sedation may be necessary or preferable. This is often referred to as sleep dentistry because a patient is put to sleep and will not remember anything from the procedure. As a qualified sedation dentist, we find that this is an excellent solution when a patient is getting a full smile makeover. When the majority of teeth are being worked on, the procedure can take a significant amount of time.  In order to provide the best service to you, Dr. Gaitan needs to do dental work with great precision, and that requires not rushing through the procedures. With that in mind, some of our Villages patients may find it difficult to hold still when the treatment lasts longer than an hour or two. Going to sleep is a much better option because your body will naturally remain still, you will feel comfortable and not remember what took place during the treatment. If this is your preferred method of sedation dentistry, we will monitor you carefully during the treatment and afterwards to ensure that the anesthesia wears off like it should. You will also need to have someone drive you home and may feel slightly sluggish for the remainder of the day. These types of procedures typically call for rest and relaxation anyway, so take it easy at home before resuming normal activity the next day.