Sedation Dentistry

Have you ever avoided a dentist because of anxiety or because you’ve felt a lot of pain during an appointment in the past? We can help you with sedation dentistry at Tabor Dental Associates! Tell us you need it, and we’ll make you completely comfortable at your appointment.

Candidates for sedation dentistry include patients who have:

  • Fear of dental care.
  • Had traumatic dental experiences.
  • A fear of needles and shots.
  • A strong gag reflex.
  • Very sensitive teeth.
  • Difficulty achieving numbness through conventional means.
  • A short time to complete extensive dental care.
  • Complex dental problems.
  • An aversion to the sounds, smells, and tastes associated with dental care.
Call and let us know beforehand if you’d like sedation dentistry. We’d be happy to help. Read up on the types of sedation available below.

Laughing Gas Sedation Dentistry

Laughing gas has been used for decades and is still the most frequently employed sedation dentistry method. Laughing gas is commonly used because the effects are felt within 5 minutes of inhaling the colorless, odorless gas. Pain is neutralized and a euphoric feeling spreads throughout the body.

Within minutes, the dental procedure can begin and the patient will be completely relaxed. Laughing gas allows the dentist to alter the depth of sedation from minute to minute, making the experience free from pain and fear.

Benefits of Laughing Gas Sedation

Laughing gas also gives patients these benefits:

  • There are no side effects: Laughing gas does not come with any side effects and has no effect on major organs.
  • It’s needleless: If you have an aversion to needles, laughing gas may be a good option for you.
  • Laughing gas can heighten comfort: With laughing gas, you will most likely experience a feeling of composure, calm, and relaxation—an “everything is fine” feeling.
  • It reduces pain: Laughing gas really takes the edge off of pain.
  • It’s quick and low-stress: Once laughing gas is administered, your dental procedure may progress more quickly and with far less stress.
  • The effect quickly wears off: After the gas is stopped, you’ll return to normal within minutes and will be able to safely drive yourself home.

You can experience the benefits of laughing gas sedation for yourself. Tell our office that you are interested in this form of sedation.

Oral Sedation Dentistry

Oral sedation dentistry allows us to relieve anxiety without the use of needles or intravenous tubes. Additionally, patients who traditionally have trouble getting numb have no problem when sedated and relaxed.

About an hour prior to the appointment, the patient will be asked to take a small pill that may make him or her drowsy. By the time a companion accompanies the patient to our office for the appointment, the patient will be feeling relaxed and calm.

We will escort the patient to a comfortable room and cover him or her with a warm, thick blanket. Once the patient is comfortable and completely relaxed, the doctor and experienced clinical team will complete the dental procedure.

During the entire procedure, the patient’s vital signs will be monitored to ensure health and safety. After the treatment is completed, the companion will take the patient home to rest and sleep for a couple of hours after the appointment.

Benefits of Oral Sedation

If you choose oral sedation, or conscious sedation, you could enjoy these advantages:

  • It’s a needleless procedure.
  • Oral sedation heightens your comfort, producing a feeling of calm that eliminates some dental anxiety.
  • It can take the edge off of the pain that can make you feel stressed.
  • It can relieve the fear of losing consciousness.

Oral sedation can help you feel calm and relaxed. Being calm during any dental procedure will make the whole experience far more pleasant.

IV Sedation Dentistry

IV conscious sedation is an effective technique for managing moderate to severe dental anxiety. It’s a valuable tool for ensuring a patient’s complete relaxation—especially during a procedure he or she would usually avoid due to extreme fear. Not every dentist offers it, but we do.

Prior to the procedure, drugs are administered intravenously. Through an IV, drugs are far more effective than when they’re taken orally because your doctor can control exactly how much is administered directly into the bloodstream.

During the procedure, monitoring devices are placed on the patient to monitor heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and breathing. The patient will be awake through the whole procedure, allowing the dentist to give the patient directions, which he or she will be able to follow.

In order to provide IV conscious sedation dentistry, professionals must complete advanced training and certification by the state Board of Dental Examiners. Dr. Jayson Tabor is certified and licensed for IV sedation dentistry.

Benefits of IV Sedation

IV sedation offers these benefits to patients:

  • It can reduce dental anxiety.
  • You can choose to have it either make you physically numb but still aware of your surroundings or to make you sleep through your entire procedure.
  • After you wake up, you may not remember anything about your IV sedation treatment.
  • It relaxes you so much that you might experience no pain or anxiety from having your mouth open for extended periods of time.

We are excited to offer IV sedation at our practice! We want to help your dental anxiety with this form of sedation.

General Anesthesia Sedation Dentistry

General anesthetics are used only in cases in which the procedure or the anxiety of the patient warrants putting a patient completely under. General anesthesia creates a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement, and discomfort during the procedure.

Before the procedure begins, the doctor will get your complete health history, which will include all current medications, allergies, and past experiences with anesthesia.

Anesthesia is usually administered in an intravenous (IV) line into the arm. Anesthesia is always administered by a board certified anesthesiologist who is trained to perform this procedure. While you are sedated, the anesthesiologist will monitor your breathing and heart rate.

After the procedure is completed, the anesthesia drugs are discontinued. Patients usually wake from anesthesia after about an hour to two hours.

We work with excellent anesthesiologists from Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia! Working with these professionals offers a number of benefits to both patients and dental professionals, including safety and convenience.

We are thrilled that we can offer this option for extensive procedures and extreme dental phobias. The services provided by these anesthesiologists helps us offer high-quality dental care to all of our patients.

Ready to Try Sedation Dentistry?

If you’ve ever wanted to avoid going to the dentist because of pain or anxiety, we understand! Please let us know today. We can schedule you for a consultation and see what we can do to make you as comfortable and calm as possible.