Do the benefits of IV sedation sound wonderful to you, but needles are an absolute “no?” When oral sedation is close but does not provide you with the completely peaceful experience you desire, speak with Dr. Lathrop about whether oral sedation and nitrous oxide will provide you with the relaxation you need.
The sedation option of oral and nitrous oxide includes combination sedation. Your dentist will provide you with a swallowable pill that you take before your visit or procedure. Unlike IV sedation, Dr. Lathrop cannot increase and decrease the amount of medicine you receive with oral sedation. Instead, you ingest a single dose, which wears off over a given set of time. By adding nitrous to the equation, you can enjoy the effects of a pill without concern about the effects being too weak or wearing off too soon before the end of the procedure. Dr. Lathrop or his anesthesiologist can then increase or decrease the nitrous oxide you receive for customized care. Keep in mind, you will need someone to drive you home after your visit.
You and your dentist may choose oral sedation and nitrous oxide for a variety of reasons. Benefits include:
If you wish to avoid needles but experience moderate to severe anxiety related to dental visits, we encourage you to ask Dr. Lathrop about oral sedation with nitrous oxide. He will ask you a series of health questions, will examine you, and may require a physical examination from your general practitioner to ensure you are healthy enough for this treatment.