Did You Know?
Dr Scott Powers is one of only a few dentists in Indiana certified for IV sedation. We offer multiple types of sedation dentistry including laughing gas, oral sedation and IV Sedation. Dr Powers is also one of only a few dentist in the state who holds hospital privileges and provides hospital dentistry in the operating room using general anesthesia. It is common to fear going to the dentist. Sedation makes it possible to reverse years of neglect in just one or two comfortable appointments
Sedation dentistry reduces anxiety to make your appointments fast, easy and more comfortable than you'd ever imagined. A significant number of Americans do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
What kinds of sedatives are available?
The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Dr. Powers will help you decide what option is best for you. Before administering any sedative, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications.
Here is an overview of the types of dental sedation we offer:
We have lots of patients who love Nitrous oxide! Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative and is great for kids and adults alike. It is the least expensive of the three sedation options and you do not need a designated driver. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. It also helps with gag reflex and make time go by quickly. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is an excellent choice for people who fear going to the dentist. A single dose of oral medication is taken an hour before your appointment to induce a light state of sedation. Oral sedatives help relax and dull the sense of anxiety. This is a great option for routine general dentistry and most patients have a great experience with it. A designated driver is needed.
Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of conscious sedation that is great for someone that needs more sedation that what Nitrous Oxide or Oral sedation can provide. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure and may not remember their appointment. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. This immediate effect is the beauty of IV sedation and allows us to titrate the drug. Titration is the administration of multiple small doses of a drug until the desired effect is obtained. Because everyone responds differently to a set amount of drug, titration gives us the control to tailor fit your sedation to your needs. A designated driver is required and there is nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours.
General anesthesia is performed in the operating room of the hospital and is a total unconscious state of sedation. For some pediatric, special needs, and medically compromised patients, this level of sedation is require to complete all their dental work in one visit. This is a very smooth, safe, and controlled way to handle the most demanding and complex dental patients.