Oral & IV Sedation Options

At Wisconsin Dental Solutions, we take patient comfort very seriously. When you are in our care, we want you to feel relaxed and confident in the successful outcome of your treatment. We have seen patients put their dental health at serious risk because they avoid the care and treatment they need due to fear. In order to help you feel safe and comfortable during treatment, we offer a set of techniques called sedation dentistry, in which special medications are administered to reduce your fear and anxiety, allowing you to undergo treatment in a relaxed state.

Am I a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

We typically recommend sedation dentistry to the following patients:

  • Nervous/anxious patients
  • Patients who avoid the dentist because of their anxiety or fear
  • Patients with special needs
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients who have had a traumatizing past experience at the dentist

In order to receive sedation medications, you will need to consult with our doctors and discuss your medical history in depth. You should be completely honest about your current health condition so that we can select the appropriate medications for you.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide: You've probably heard of nitrous oxide, more commonly referred to as "laughing gas." Nitrous oxide is a mild sedation technique that is good for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. Our doctor will place a small mask over your nose, and you will breathe in the nitrous oxide gas prior to and throughout your treatment. It will put you in a relaxed conscious state.

Oral sedatives: Oral sedatives are a moderate type of sedation. They come in the form of small pills that you will take prior to your dental appointment. If you take a sedative, you will be unable to drive and will need someone to accompany you to our office. After you arrive for your appointment, you may receive another pill if you need it. During your treatment, you'll be able to breathe on your own and respond to our doctor's verbal cues.

IV sedation: IV sedation is a moderate sleep sedation that is more predictable than oral sedation. The medication is delivered into your blood system through a needle in your arm or hand. You will remain conscious during IV sedation, but will not be bothered by pain or discomfort during treatment and you will feel very groggy.

Contact Our Madison Sedation Dentists

If you would like to learn more about the sedation techniques our Madison team uses, please contact Wisconsin Dental Solutions by calling (608) 834-6321.

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