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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Sedation

As a highly regarded New Jersey cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Champagne offers a wealth of leading-edge dentistry procedures, including sedation dentistry. Also referred to as twilight or sleep dentistry, this is a group of sedation procedures that can help even the most anxious patients relax during their procedures. Champagne Smiles and all the sedation dentists at Champagne Smiles work individually with each patient to create a unique sedation plan that will help him or her achieve a deep state of tranquility and peace. To learn more, please explore the list of frequently asked questions below.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a field of medicine that aims to make dental patients comfortable and relaxed during their procedures. Sedation dentistry uses sedatives (such as benzodiazepines and nitrous oxide) to achieve this goal.

Why should I consider sedation dentistry?

You might be a sedation dentistry candidate if you experience extreme dental fear, anxiety, panic attacks or dental phobia. You might also be a candidate if you desire to complete several procedures during a single office visit because sedation will make the time go by faster. Other people who often use sedation are the elderly, the very young, and patients with various physical and mental ailments. To learn more about your candidacy, please explore our sedation dentistry candidacy page.

What sedation methods does Champagne Smiles offer?

Champagne Smiles offers nitrous oxide sedation, oral conscious sedation and IV conscious sedation. Champagne Smiles and all the dentists at the practice will work with you to determine which technique is the best for you.

How does nitrous oxide work?

Nitrous oxide sedation uses a mixture of two gases – nitrous oxide and oxygen. During treatment, a mask is placed over the patient’s nose, and he or she inhales the gas mix. Within minutes, the patient begins to feel deeply relaxed, comfortable and at ease. In addition, many New Jersey inhalation sedation patients experience a pain-relieving effect. The effect of nitrous oxide disappears within minutes after the gas is stopped.

How does oral conscious sedation work?

Oral conscious sedation is administered in the form of oral medicine. The patient takes medication either before arriving at the dentist’s office, or at the office. Within 30–60 minutes, the medication begins to take effect. Most New Jersey oral conscious sedation patients experience a feeling of warmth, heaviness, and deep, pleasant relaxation. The effects of oral conscious sedation disappear gradually, over the course of several hours.

How does IV conscious sedation work?

IV sedation is the deepest form of dental sedation. It is administered through a tiny catheter inserted in the arm. The benefit of IV sedation is that it can be adjusted throughout the treatment depending on the patient’s needs. Because it is a form of general anesthesia, it is administered by Dr. Gordon Barnes – a licensed anesthesiologist. He carefully monitors the vital signs of each New Jersey IV sedation dentistry patient throughout the treatment.

What will I feel after the sedatives kick in?

Most patients first notice lightheadedness. This feeling soon gives way to sensations of warmth and heaviness. Alternatively, some patients report that they feel very light, as if floating. The body and mind enter a deep state of relaxation whereby patients feel very safe, secure and completely at peace.

Will I be completely asleep during sedation dentistry treatment?

During some of the sedation dentistry methods we offer you will be in a dream-like state where you will be aware of what is happening and able to answer questions and voice any concerns. During IV sedation or general anesthesia, however, you will be completely asleep.

Does sedation also eliminate pain?

No, sedation medications are not pain-killers. Instead, they are designed to calm the nervous system and help you relax. In order to control pain, the dentists at Champagne Smiles will administer appropriate local anesthesia.

How will I feel after my sedation dentistry treatment?

If you received sedation with nitrous oxide, you will feel like your normal self within minutes after the gas is stopped. If you received oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, the medication will take several hours to wear off. During this time, you might feel disoriented, sleepy and extremely relaxed. This is why you must have somebody else to take care of you after your oral conscious sedation or IV sedation procedures.

Will I remember anything about my dental treatment?

If you received nitrous oxide sedation, you might be able to remember what happened during your procedure. However, your memory might be fragmented or fuzzy. If you received oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, you will remember nothing or very little about your treatment.

Do I need somebody to drive me to and from my sedation dentistry appointment?

It depends on the type of sedation you receive. If you receive nitrous oxide sedation, it might be safe for you to drive yourself. If you receive oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, you must have somebody else drive you home and stay with you for a few hours. In addition, if you took your sedative before coming to Champagne Smiles, you will need somebody to drive you to your appointment.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

While no medical procedure is 100% safe, sedation dentistry has an excellent track record of safety. Every year, millions of people undergo their dental treatments under sedation. If you have any safety concerns, please do not hesitate to talk to one of the dentists at Champagne Smiles about them.

Will sedation help with my needle phobia?

Sedation can help with your needle phobia. Champagne Smiles dentists can administer sedation before any needles are used. This way, you will be completely relaxed and fear-free by the time needles are used.

Can I take something relaxing before arriving for my sedation dentistry appointment?

You should always discuss any sedatives, herbal remedies and over-the-counter medications with your dentist at Champagne Smiles prior to your treatment. While sometimes it is okay to take mild sedatives prior to your appointment, it is vital that your dentist knows about it. This is important because they will need to determine drug compatibility and the precise dosage of additional sedatives and anesthetics.

Schedule Your Sedation Dentistry Appointment Today

Dr. Richard Champagne and all the dentists at Champagne Smiles invite you to schedule your sedation dentistry consultation today and begin your journey toward a healthy, beautiful smile. You can set up an appointment by calling Champagne Smiles at 732-972-0918.





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