Sedation Dentistry– Salt Lake City, UT

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Patient comfort is one of our highest priorities here at Utah Implants and Periodontics, which is why we offer two forms of sedation dentistry in Salt Lake City, UT. These are proven to stop a racing mind while also preventing a patient from experiencing any physical discomfort during treatment. If you’re anxious about receiving periodontal or dental implant care, please let our team know, and we’ll discuss which of our sedation options would be right for you.

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Oral Conscious Dental Sedation

Man taking an oral conscious dental sedation pill

With this form of sedation, you’ll start feeling relaxed even before you step into our periodontal office. That’s because you’ll be given medication to take at home on the day of your treatment. By the time you sit in the chair, you’ll already be sedated, and the appointment should seemingly fly by. You’ll be conscious throughout the experience, though you may only have fuzzy memories afterward.

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

Patient receiving nitrous oxide dental sedation treatment

Nitrous oxide offers a gentle way to help patients overcome mild to moderate dental anxiety. A small mask is placed over the nose, and after a few breaths of the gas and oxygen mixture, the patient will feel any tension quickly flow out of their body. The mask stays on throughout the appointment, and after it is removed, the effects go away almost instantly, enabling someone to get straight back to their day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Typically, sedation dentistry is considered safe but before administering it, our team will first take the time to go over your medical history, including any current medications you may be taking. That way we can avoid any potentially negative interactions. We’ll also monitor your vitals like your blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate to ensure that there are no complications.

Some people suffer from certain conditions that make sedation riskier. For example, if you’re allergic to the medication then we might have to find an alternative. Thankfully, we offer more than one kind, so if you have a known reaction to one of the analgesics, you can still benefit from another type. Also, if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, you may not be a good candidate because it can trigger an episode.

How long does dental sedation last?

The impact of your sedation depends on the type that was used for your procedure. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose. Once it’s removed, the effects of the medication typically wear off within the first five minutes. That means you can head back to work, or run your usual errands, without any lingering symptoms.

Oral conscious sedation, however, can last for the remainder of the day following your dental appointment so you’ll need someone to drive you home afterward. You’ll probably feel better after a good night’s sleep, but we recommend avoiding driving or operating heavy machinery for the next 24 hours.

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

The medications we use are intended to keep you awake so you’re still conscious and responsive while simultaneously suppressing your body’s ability to register pain. Even if you do experience some sensation, it’ll feel more like pressure than outright aches. Although the sedation itself is often sufficient to keep you feeling calm and happy throughout your procedure, we often also apply a topical anesthetic. This ensures that you don’t experience discomfort either way.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

If you’re avoiding our office because of general anxiety around dental visits, you could potentially be a good candidate for sedation. You might also benefit from this medication if you have:

  • A low pain threshold. If you don’t tolerate pain well, then sedation can help keep you comfortable and still so we can take care of your teeth and gums.
  • A sensitive gag reflex. Having dental instruments near or in your mouth can be triggering, but sedation can soothe your body’s reaction to the intrusion.
  • Difficulties sitting still for periods of time. It’s easier for us to work with patients who are still and happy than ones who are frustrated and fidgety.

You might not be able to receive these drugs if you are pregnant, have certain medical conditions, or are taking medications that might interact with the sedatives.

If you’re not sure whether you’re a viable candidate, feel free to contact us and we’d be happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have.