Sedation Dentistry in Oak Creek
For maximum comfort
We understand that dental appointments aren’t typically the best part of a patient’s day. But we go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible during your visit.
Whether you have dental anxiety, fear about your upcoming visits, or if you will be undergoing extensive treatment, we have sedation options that will make your procedure as painless and easy as possible. Dr. Saleki will discuss your needs and the reasons you are considering sedation dentistry to help you decide which option is right for you.
We offer nitrous oxide to help our patients relax. This sedative is safe and effective, and easily inhaled through a comfortable mask that fits over your nose. Nitrous oxide, also called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer at Oak Creek Dental Care to make you more comfortable during certain procedures. The effects of laughing gas are easily reversed, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home after your appointment and enjoy the rest of your day. This is an ideal option for patients averse to needles or more long-lasting forms of sedation.
oral conscious sedation
This form of sedation is taken in pill form about an hour before your procedure. If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you will be conscious and responsive during your treatment, but you will feel no pain and you won’t be nervous while Dr. Saleki performs your procedure. Unlike laughing gas, you must arrange a ride home from the office after your procedure because the effects of oral conscious sedation do not wear off as quickly.
Typically reserved for patients receiving extensive treatment or those with severe dental anxiety, IV sedation offers the deepest state of relaxation. IV sedation puts patients in a state of semi-consciousness, so you are essentially asleep during your procedure. You won’t wake up until after your treatment is complete, and many patients will have no memory of the procedure.
How Does IV Sedation Work?
IV is delivered through a needle using intravenous injection. This means that the sedative can be delivered directly into your bloodstream, and its flow and volume can be controlled more easily, compared to oral sedation.
To begin, you’ll have an IV placed into your arm. Then, the sedative will be measured by Dr. Saleki, and it will usually take effect in just a few minutes, though it can take up to 15 minutes or longer for some patients. In most cases, IV sedation delivers a much more deep sedation experience than oral conscious sedation. Most patients who are sedated with an IV fall asleep during the procedure, and they will have no painful memories of even the most invasive dental work.
Who Can Have IV Sedation?
IV Sedation is usually recommended for patients who are extremely nervous about an upcoming dental procedure or who will be receiving extensive treatment and want to be sedated more deeply than they would with an oral, pill-based form of sedation. This form of sedation can also be useful if you will be undergoing multiple procedures or having a procedure performed that will take more than an hour or two, especially if you get restless or uncomfortable when sitting still for a long period of time.
Is IV Sedation A Good Choice For Me?
If you are very nervous or anxious about an upcoming dental procedure, and you are worried that you will be uncomfortable and frightened, IV sedation is a great way to help you relax and achieve a deep state of sedation. To be sedated with an IV, you must be healthy and you must not have any reaction to common sedative medications. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment, we recommend scheduling an appointment in South Milwaukee or Franklin with Dr. Saleki at Oak Creek Dental Care.