Dental Sedation Options
IV Sedation (Twilight Sedation):
The IV sedation option serves patients well for a number of dental procedures.
An IV is started, medication is added, and the result is that most patients become very tranquil and drift in and out of sleep or fall asleep during their procedure.
Most patients have amnesia of their procedure, and find this to be very relaxing. It can be used for small procedures or for advanced or technically difficult procedures, which may take longer to perform.
A fee applies for the use of IV sedation.
Instead of an using IV sedation, an oral sedative, such as benzodiazepine, is prescribed and taken an hour before the appointment.
This mode of care offers some tranquility, possibly some amnesia, but can have its drawbacks with effectiveness. It can help with children and adults for small to medium procedures.
When oral sedatives are administered and monitored, a fee applies.
Conscious Sedation (Laughing Gas):
Nitrous oxide/oxygen (laughing gas) doesn’t really make one laugh but can help relax you.
Normally, conscious sedation does not provide the same effect obtained with IV sedation but can be used in conjunction with IV sedation or oral sedation.
Dr. Kiser avoids laughing gas whenever possible because the face mask necessary to use it obstructs his access to the patient. IV sedation is also more predictable in actually sedating a patient.
General Anesthesia: Generally, we do not offer general anesthesia for most patients, but arrangements can be made. I.V. sedation is suffice for most of the simple or technically advanced or complex procedures we offer.