Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Comfort Sedation

Patients typically experience various levels of anxiety in anticipation of long, potentially painful procedures. Of course local anesthesia effectively numbs specific areas prior to the procedure to eliminate discomfort but it does not relieve the anxiety associated with the procedure. Our office can combine traditional medications with anti-anxiety medication such as oral sedation or nitrous oxide. The goal is to eliminate the fear and worry while maintaining patient responsiveness to voice and touch. The patient simply receives the sedation medication orally or through inhalation, then is able to relax comfortably through the entire procedure.

Oral Sedation

Sedation Dentistry offers the perfect solution to maintain dental health while assuring complete relaxation. We mainly use sedation dentistry on larger procedures where we are able to complete multiple treatments in one appointment.

You are given a prescription for a pill to take an hour before your appointment. Due to the sedation effect of the pill, someone will be needed to drive you to and from our office. Once you arrive, you will start feeling very drowsy. We will escort you into our treatment room where you will be monitored. The pill works rapidly to put you in a deeply relaxed sleep-like state, where you are still responsive.

Once the treatment is completed, you will be escorted back to the front where your companion will take you home. The next day, you will feel refreshed and be very happy you chose to visit Maupin & Brown Dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is another form of sedation we offer. It also is used to relieve dental anxiety in both children and adults. It is administered through the nose & is exhaled through the mouth, eliminating it from the body almost completely. A mask is placed over the nose which allows the dentist to work freely on the mouth. The nitrous oxide starts to take effect in a few minutes and provides a relaxed feeling. However, unlike a sedation pill, the nitrous oxide sedation wears off immediately once the mask is removed.