Sedation Dentistry

Picking the right type of sedation dentistry service can be difficult. The staff at Indy Dental Health understands this and is here to help you. We will evaluate your sedation options and select the most gentle dentistry option for you.

No matter the sedation, whether it is IV, oral, or nitrous oxide we want you to be able to make an educated decision. Please know our sedation options are purely elective, none are mandatory for any of our procedures.

Benefits of Sedation

A benefit of sedation is to subdue anxiety that occurs when visiting a dental office. If you experience dental anxiety and have not tried using sedation when visiting the dentist, we urge you to keep reading. Below you will find the different types of sedation we offer at Indy Dental Health.

IV Sedation Dentistry

This intravenous sedation will be administered by Dr. Fraiz and is considered a “conscious sedation.” You maintain your protective reflexes, however, you will be less aware of your environment and of any discomfort.

If IV Sedation is your desired form of sedation, you will not be able to drive to and from your appointment as well as the remainder of the day.

IV Sedation dentistry is an exceedingly popular service requested by many patients. The first thing we want our patients to understand is how safe this procedure is. Our dentists at Indy Dental Health, located in Indianapolis, IN are specially trained for IV sedation. Statistics show IV sedation is more safe than local anesthetic.

IV Sedation vs. Sleep Dentistry

Sleep dentistry is how other dental practices refer to this procedure, but not Indy Dental Health. In all reality, many patients remain conscious during IV Sedation. Patients are able to respond to the requests of our dentists. But remember, if you want IV sedation dentistry, you must have a driver or ride home.

Why IV Sedation Dentistry?

Why would a dental patient want IV sedation dentistry? Maybe one have always had a fear of the dentist. Maybe a patient dislikes the dentist poking at their teeth. Maybe the sedation aspect is appealing. Plenty of people have a fear of the dentist. To help make a dental visit a better experience, our dentists trained to be sedation experts.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

We offer oral sedation in a pill form that should be taken prior to your dental appointment. If you choose oral sedation as a form of sedation you will not be able to drive to and from your appointment. Dosage and instructions will be discussed at your initial exam.

If you feel your dental work is too apprehensive for nitrous oxide, but feel intravenous sedation to be too extreme, oral sedation may be right for you.

As an oral sedation patient, you will take a commonly prescribed anti-anxiety pill that is also a mild sedative prior to your dental treatments. Once you are comfortably seated in the treatment chair you may be placed on nitrous oxide, which when combined with the pill will safely and drastically reduce your level of unease. As soon as you are in a state of complete relaxation, we will perform your dental work.

Oral sedation may allow us to complete several procedures in a single visit on patients that were previously too scared to be worked on for any duration. This can save you time as it lets you finish your dental work in as few appointments as possible. This type of oral sedation also increases your pain tolerance because it works as a mild anesthetic.

With oral sedation, normal activities can typically be resumed the next day following your appointment. It is important to note that you must have a friend or family member transport you to and from our office for your safety.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide or better known as laughing gas is a soothing sedation method, inhaled through a comfortable nasal mask. The sedation is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous. It is most often used in dentist’s offices and is safe for all ages. Using nitrous oxide will not impair your ability to drive, nor have any after effects. The laughing gas effects the entire body causing feelings of warmth, comfort, and safety. The nitrous oxide helps ease the fears, allowing you to relax while receiving treatment.

Upon removal of the mask, the side effects subside, allowing you to return to your normal routine immediately. The only health concern involved in nitrous oxide is pregnancy.  The data on research is inconclusive involving pregnant mothers inhaling nitrous oxide. It is important if you’re possibly pregnant, to tell us.

The side effects of nitrous oxide are extremely minimal. If you are receiving nitrous oxide sedation, you can drive to and from the appointment as well as consume food and/or drinks prior to the appointment.  Children are great candidates for nitrous oxide.  Please ask us any questions at Indy Dental Health when you come in!