The sedation process can be very simple, predictable, and safe. During a sedation consultation appointment, we will conduct a thorough review your medical history and review your sedation options at length. Through this process we can decide together which option is the best fit for you to ensure that your treatment is completed as comfortably as possible. Oral sedation, IV sedation, and General Anesthesia sedation options are methods where a companion escort is required. A companion should escort you on the day of your appointment and will take you home and stay with you until you’re fully recovered. Whether you require a single filling or are looking to have your entire smile restored, our sedations options can help you achieve optimum dental health in the most comfortable way possible.
This gas is more commonly known as ‘laughing gas’. It makes you feel giddy and relaxed – similar to having a few adult beverages. But there’s no hangover and no recovery time. Within minutes of removing the gas, you’re able to get up and drive home. This is a very simple, easy form of dental sedation, which can be used during any dental appointment.
This method is as simple as swallowing a pill. It doesn’t actually put you to sleep but is a lighter sedation that can make your dental appointment much more comfortable. The medication is also known to cause amnesia, so you may not even remember having your treatment done!
Intravenous sedation or, ‘I.V. Sedation’, is a type of sedation similar to oral sedation, but often has much more profound effects while you still maintain a state of consciousness. Your response to this sedation can often be much more predictable because the doctor can ‘fine tune’ the medications, which have a nearly immediate effect. Similar to that of oral sedation, the patient often doesn’t remember what occurs during the procedure due to the medication’s ability to cause amnesia. We recommend this type of sedation for those with extreme dental anxiety or those who are undergoing more extensive dental procedures.
Dr. Parque received highly specialized training and offers this form of sedation. Dr. Parque received his sedation training by participating in an elective residency following dental school at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. He maintains his I.V. sedation permit by participating in extensive continuing education courses and maintains his ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification.
There are instances where patients are unable to have dental treatment using conscious sedation methods. In these cases, general anesthesia may be the only option. General anesthesia is a much more extensive process but may be necessary if a patient has extreme dental phobia, or if they wish to complete a large amount of dental treatment in a single visit. This type of sedation needs to be conducted by a dental anesthesiologist, who can perform the anesthesia in the dental office.