Sedation Dentistry in Naples, FL
It is not unusual to feel a bit apprehensive about going to the dentist, or to even to be afraid of the dentist. Whether you are having a simple cleaning – or a full smile makeover – sometimes sedation is key for the best dental experience. For this reason, Childs and Childs Dentistry offers a variety of sedation dentistry options to help with dental anxiety, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.
Dr. Brian Childs is board certified and a member of the American Society of Dental Anesthesia, as well as the Florida Society of Dental Anesthesia. Since 1996, we have been helping patients have the most comfortable dental experiences possible.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
If you’re anxious about going to the dentist or are interested in dentistry while you sleep, Dr. Childs can discuss numerous advanced sedation dentistry options available to you such as prescribing an oral sedative before your appointment. The specific type of medication prescribed will depend on the procedure, your medical history, and any other medications or supplements you may be currently taking.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is probably the most common form of dental sedation. Before we begin your treatment, our experienced dental assistants will place a mask over your nose and you will inhale the nitrous oxide. You will feel relaxed – even a bit euphoric (after all, there’s a reason why it’s called laughing gas!). Any of the worry you may have had about your dental procedure will disappear. Even better, nitrous oxide can be a mild anesthetic, so you won’t have to worry about discomfort. The best thing about nitrous oxide is that you are completely awake, just less anxious and tense than you may have been without it.
IV Sedation Dentistry
Dentistry often involves a lot of instruments, sounds, and sensations that some people would rather avoid. Intravenous or IV sedation is stronger than nitrous oxide and oral sedation, providing you with a much deeper level of sedation. It can help you relax quicker and provide more pain relief than other sedatives, and it provides an amnesic affect so you won't remember much, if anything, about the procedure itself.
During IV sedation dentistry, Dr. Childs will place a small catheter in your hand or arm that flows directly into your veins and then administer the sedative. This just feels like a slight pinch. We also know that some people have an aversion to needles, so we can prescribe another mild sedative prior to your appointment or apply a topical anesthetic to make everything as pleasant as possible. As with our other sedation dentistry options, with IV sedation, you will remain conscious during your appointment.
To be safe, we require that you have a reliable form of transportation – a relative, friend, or cab service – bring you home after undergoing sedation dentistry.
Don’t let your dental fears cause you to put off routine dental care or necessary dental work. Drs. Brian and Janet Childs will discuss your concerns and answer your questions about sedation dentistry to ensure a more positive dental experience.
Call Us to Learn More
To learn more about sedation dentistry, please call the Naples dental office of Drs. Childs and Childs today!