Sedation Dentistry

sedation dentistrySummerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada

Some patients associate pain and fear with visiting any dentist’s office. Others have an enormous amount of anxiety when they go in for their routine oral check-ups. For many people, the fear and anxiety are enough to stop them from getting the dental care they need. If you have a high level of anxiety and fear about getting dental work done, please ask Las Vegas cosmetic dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson about Sedation Dentistry.

At Inspire Dental of Summerlin, we offer two types of Sedation Dentistry – nitrous oxide and oral sedation.

What is nitrous oxide, and how does it work?

Nitrous oxide is often referred to as laughing gas. It is administered to the patient via a comfortable mask that fits over the nose. A steady flow of nitrous oxide is delivered through the mask throughout the entire procedure. With nitrous oxide, the patient remains completely awake and aware of his or her surroundings. The purpose of the gas is to generate a state of calmness and relaxation.

The effects of the gas quickly dissipate once our staff cuts off the flow of the gas, and the patient breathes regular air. Nitrous oxide is safe for most healthy individuals, including children.

What is oral sedation, and how does it work?

Oral sedation dentistry is a technique to help ease anxiety and fear. It helps the patient feel relaxed and comfortable while receiving their dental care. First, a small pill is given to the patient prior to their dental visit. Next, the patient takes the pill an hour before the appointment. After that, a friend or family member will drive the patient to and from the dental office. Some patients feel a high level of anxiety once they step into a dental office. Taking the pill, prior to arriving for your appointment, ensures that you feel calm and relaxed before stepping foot into our office.

Is sedation dentistry safe? 

Yes! Many research studies have concluded that Sedation Dentistry is safe for all healthy individuals. However, it is important that you discuss your complete medical history with Dr. Wilson during your consultation, because certain health conditions may preclude a patient from receiving Sedation Dentistry. During your sedation appointment, we will monitor your vitals to ensure that you remain safe throughout your procedure.

Sedation Dentistry Benefits

The anxiety and fear many patients experience often prevents them from visiting the dental office for necessary dental cleanings. In these instances, their oral health suffers from a lack of dental care. Many of them end up needing extensive procedures to get their oral health back on track and repair any damage!

There are several benefits to Sedation Dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry patients enjoy the following:

  • Feel confident getting routine checkups
  • Feel safe and comfortable
  • Feel relaxed before, during, and after their dental procedure
  • Are able to undergo multiple treatments without pain or fear

Dr. Wilson will discuss your medical history before he prescribes the oral sedation medication to you. There are several safe medications developed especially for Sedation Dentistry. If one is not right for you or your health, Dr. Wilson will know of one that is suitable for you. These medications have been used safely for decades to help patients receive oral care in a relaxed and comfortable manner.

Sedation Dentistry in Summerlin

For more information on sedation dentistry in Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada, call Inspire Dental of Summerlin at (702) 331-4700 to schedule a consultation.