Sedation Dentistry in NJ
Dr. Richard Champagne understands that some patients may experience anxiety during their dental procedure. To help these patients receive the dental care they need, the doctors at Champagne Smiles offer several sedation dentistry techniques.
Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, allows patients to feel relaxed and comfortable during their dentistry procedure with a mild sedative. Patients can receive dental sedation treatments with any of their general or cosmetic dentistry procedures, making each visit to Champagne Smiles pleasant and relaxing.
Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is a non-invasive sedative that causes patients to feel at ease, while remaining conscious. Many sedation dentistry patients also claim they feel giddy or a sense of euphoria after inhaling the gas.
For more apprehensive patients, Champagne Smile dentists recommend nitrous oxide with Valium, an anti-anxiety medication. Their sedation dentistry patients are advised to take the Valium two hours before their appointment to help calm their nerves before the nitrous oxide is administered at his office.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is typically reserved for patients who are moderately afraid of dental procedures. Before the procedure, patients are given an anti-anxiety pill that can be swallowed or dissolved under the tongue. Patients remain conscious and verbally responsive after given the sedative, but will have little memory of the procedure once complete. Many patients who struggle with low pain thresholds, severe gag reflexes or require an extensive amount of dental treatments in one visit often receive oral conscious sedation to enhance their comfort levels during the procedure.
The doctors at Champagne Smiles also offer intravenous sedation with a licensed anesthesiologist, Dr. Gordon Barnes, for patients experiencing severe anxiety, extreme dental fears or dental phobias. With IV sedation, patients are given a general anesthesia and are carefully monitored throughout the procedure. Upon completion, patients will have no recollection of the procedure.
In cases where patients experience extreme anxiety, or are undergoing a particularly extensive procedure, Champagne Smiles is able to offer general anesthesia for dental treatment. When under general anesthesia for the dental procedure, patients are asleep during treatment, and will therefore experience no pain and have no recollection of their time in the dentist’s chair.