You Don’t Have to Worry at Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillfacial Surgery
It’s common to experience anxiety about going to the dentist. Dr. Phillips, Dr. McDonough, and our team at Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillfacial Surgery provide sedation dentistry in a safe, respectful, and compassionate environment so you can feel more at ease.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
At Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillfacial Surgery, we give you three options for sedation dentistry:
- Inhalation Sedation
- Oral Sedation
Inhalation sedation, also known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask worn over the nose. This causes feelings of relaxation and dissociation.
Laughing gas doesn’t put you to sleep, so you can still see and hear what’s going on during your procedure, but you won’t be fully lucid.
Oral sedation is another common method that uses oral medication. This will help you remain calm throughout your procedure.
You may feel drowsy, but you won’t go to sleep and will still be able to communicate with Dr. Phillips and Dr. McDonough. You will need someone to drive you home after using oral sedation.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
At Northeast Arkansas Center for Oral and Maxillfacial Surgery, we care about your experience and want you to feel comfortable. The benefits of Sedation Dentistry include:
- Feel calm and relaxed during your dental visit.
- Take care of complex procedures in a single visit.
- Catch up on years of putting off dental visits.
- A licensed nurse anesthetist administers the sedation.
- Depth of sleep is monitored and tailored to your needs. You’ll awaken alert and ready to go on with your day.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
As with any sedation procedure, there are always some risks involved. However, these risks can be minimized by an experienced dentist like Dr. Philips and Dr. McDonough.
She has the proper education, certification, and permits to use sedation as a part of her practice. When proper steps are taken, sedation dentistry is considered safe to use—even for children!
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental sedation. Risks that could lead to complications include certain medications, obstructive sleep apnea, heart conditions, or weight.
At your appointment, Dr. Phillips and Dr. McDonough will help you determine whether sedation is right for you.