Stress-Free Dental Care
Dental anxiety is a common condition that prevents millions of people from getting the oral health care they need. Dr. Villalobos understands that visiting the dentist can be scary for some patients and will do everything he can to keep you comfortable. If necessary, he’s happy to offer conscious sedation.
Keep reading to learn about our sedation options and how they can help you relax.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you choose oral conscious sedation, we’ll give you a pill to take roughly an hour before your procedure. By the time you arrive for your appointment, the medication will start to take effect and you’ll be able to stay relaxed throughout your treatment.
You’ll never lose consciousness with this method, though you likely won’t remember it later. Please keep in mind that you’ll need someone to drive you to and from your appointment since the medication is taken in advance and the effects may linger for an hour or two after treatment.
This option is very similar to oral conscious sedation, but it’s not quite as strong. You’ll be given a light sedative before your procedure to reduce anxiety and help you feel comfortable. However, since the sedative is mild, the effects will wear off quickly and you can drive yourself home.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a small mask that’s worn over your nose. It takes effect within moments, quickly sending you into a state of deep relaxation that will eliminate anxiety while still allowing you to remain conscious.
The effects of nitrous oxide can be reversed just as quickly as they’re administered, so you won’t need to depend on anyone for a ride.
If you choose IV sedation, we’ll administer a powerful sedative directly to your bloodstream using an IV tube. The medication will take effect quickly, putting you in a state of “twilight sleep,” where you’re still awake and responsive but deeply relaxed. You’ll also have little to no memory of the procedure afterward, helping to reduce your anxiety for future visits.
Since the effects of IV sedation can take some time to wear off, you’ll need to arrange for a ride home if you decide to go with this option.
Ask Dr. Villalobos About Sedation
If you suffer from dental anxiety or have especially sensitive teeth, Dr. Villalobos can help you stay comfortable with sedation. No matter which option you choose, we can guarantee your visit will be free of stress and pain. Call our practice in Jupiter at (561) 744-0677 and ask us about sedation options today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! As long as the medication is administered by a licensed dentist such as Dr. Villalobos, you have nothing to worry about. Rest assured, we’ll monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure they remain at a normal level. If any problem is detected, we can stop your treatment and begin reversing the sedation at once.
If you suffer from certain conditions, such as obesity or sleep apnea, you may be at risk for complications from sedation. During your initial consultation with Dr. Villalobos, make sure to inform him of any medical conditions that you have so he can help determine a safe treatment plan for you.
One of the most common misconceptions about dental sedation is that you’ll be unconscious during treatment, but this isn’t the case. In fact, you’ll remain awake and responsive throughout your procedure no matter which sedation option you choose. However, you’ll feel deeply relaxed and likely won’t remember the experience later. We often refer to this state of consciousness as “twilight sleep.”
No — if you choose nitrous oxide or anxiolysis, the sedation effects can be reversed almost immediately. Oral conscious or IV sedation may leave you feeling groggy after treatment, but you’ll still feel back to normal within a few hours. Just remember that you’ll need a ride home if you choose one of these options.