Oral and IV Sedation Dentistry
At our Madison / Sun Prairie dental implants and cosmetic dentistry practice, we offer three types of oral sedation for maximum patient comfort:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- Oral sedative (ex: Valium to reduce anxiety)
- Oral conscious sedation
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered at our sedation dentistry office prior to treatment and throughout the dental implants procedure. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a facemask. You will first feel some tingling and numbness prior to relaxing completely. The effects of laughing gas subside right away, so you will not feel drowsy following treatment.
The oral sedative method involves taking a pill a few hours prior to the dental implants procedure so that by the time you are in the dental chair you will already feel relaxed and comfortable. It is important that you not drive yourself to our practice after taking the pill.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is the combination of an oral sedative and laughing gas. You will take a pill prior to treatment in addition to receiving laughing gas throughout the procedure. Oral conscious sedation is reserved for patients who suffer from moderate dental anxiety.
IV Sedation Dentistry
In addition to oral sedation, Dr. Lotowski also offers intravenous (IV) sedation for patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety. With IV sedation, patients are given light to moderate sedation anesthesia and are carefully monitored throughout the treatment time. Upon completion, patients have no recollection of their dental treatment. IV sedation allows Dr. Lotowski’s patients to undergo safe and comfortable dental treatments without having to face their fears associated with dental procedures.
The CompuDent Wand
Patient comfort is one of our primary concerns, so we are proud to have integrated the Wand into our practice. CompuDent, which is the brain behind the Wand, is a computerized local anesthesia delivery unit. The Wand is actually the pen-like hand piece that administers the anesthesia.
How It Works
Injections can be irritating for many reasons, but one pain factor is that the anesthesia is concentrated in a small area until it dissipates. Anesthesia administered too fast can also cause pain. Another irritation stems from too much tissue going numb, which can leave a patient drooling after an appointment.
CompuDent manages the flow and volume of anesthesia being delivered, and it also offers more accuracy for the area being numbed. The Wand, through which the regulated anesthesia flows, does not look or feel like a syringe. A drop of topical numbing agent first numbs the injection site, and then the needle creates a comfortable injection pathway.
The Wand helps patients relax before, during and after undergoing procedures for dental implants. Beforehand, patients have confidence instead of anxiety; during treatment, they receive regulated medication to keep them comfortable; and afterwards, they can return to normal activity for the rest of the day. The Wand — it's like magic!
For more information or to schedule an appointment at our dental implants and cosmetic dentistry practice, please contact us directly.