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Why We Suggest Sedation Dentistry

If you feel anxious about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry is a well-tested, effective way to reduce stress associated with dental care. It has the added benefit of allowing Dr. Jayne to complete treatment in less time, and often with fewer visits.  

Types of sedation care

According to an Adult Dental Health Survey, almost 50% of people report feeling anxious or have extreme fear of the dentist. Sedation care medicine is used for dental procedures to reduce anxiety and help people through longer treatment visits. 

Dr. Jayne is a compassionate, understanding, and a trained sedation care expert with decades of experience. He will discuss one of two sedation dentistry options with you before you have your treatment visit.  Based on your input and health history, we will suggest which sedation best fits your needs. 

For your treatment visit, you will need to have a companion accompany you to our office. Once you arrive, you are escorted into your private treatment suit. You will remain semi-awake and able to respond, but in a deep state of relaxation and unable to feel pain.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is an odorless gas that is used in combination with pure oxygen to induce a feeling of relaxation and well-being during treatment. It is the mildest form of sedation and creates a pleasant feeling of euphoria. Nitrous oxide has been used in dentistry for over 100 years, so it is well-tested and effective. The gas wears off immediately after treatment, allowing patients to return home on your own with no lasting effects. 

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation or OCS is a newer, extremely effective option of sedation dentistry. Dr. Jayne has undergone the rigorous training to be certified with the Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation. Referred to as twilight treatment, OCS puts you in a state of extreme relaxation but still responsive enough to answer questions. With oral conscious sedation dentistry, you’ll take anti-anxiety medicine to reduce your stress before coming in for your appointment. Many patients prefer OCS because it is a deeper form of sedation that prevents anxiety, makes the experience more comfortable, and reduces your memory of the procedure. 

While your treatment is performed, we monitor your blood pressure, oxygen intake, and heart rate to keep you safe and healthy throughout your dental care session. Because the effects of oral conscious sedation last longer than nitrous oxide, a companion will need to bring you to your dental visit and drive you home later. 

Your dental health and well-being are important to us. Dr. Jayne will call once you return home to ensure you are feeling comfortable and well. If you have a fear of dental work, you are not alone. Dr. Jayne carefully discusses your needs with you to determine which form of sedation care works best. And as always, our comprehensive approach to dental care keeps your long-term wellness in mind. Contact Dr. Jayne today for a consultation.  

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