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Conscious sedation is a form of modern dentistry that lets even the most fearful patient have a relaxing experience. Conscious sedation offers a way to overcome anxiety and create a comfortable dental visit. Often times if the patient is comfortable, Dr. Bain is able to accomplish the work of several appointments in just one.

While the goal of general anesthesia is for the patient to fall asleep, in dentistry, it is much more common to use conscious sedation, where the patient is minimally sedated and comfortable, yet still awake.

When Dr. Bain uses conscious sedation, the patient does not fall asleep, although sometimes it feels like they did. That’s because conscious sedation feels so relaxing and peaceful that the patient doesn't’t even notice the passing of time. New and safe oral sedation techniques may have many benefits for your child. Your child's comfort is our goal. Our office offers two types of in-office sedation dentistry techniques: Inhalation Dentistry (Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas) and Oral Sedation.

INHALATION DENTISTRY (Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas)

The most commonly employed technique used in conscious sedation dentistry is inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide and oxygen (N20-02) (Laughing Gas). Our goal is to eliminate dental anxiety, making the patient more comfortable while we are able to effectively complete the planned dental care.

N20-02 inhalation sedation is highly effective in the management of mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. It also is an excellent technique in persons who are extreme gaggers; N20-02 can minimize or even eliminate an extreme gagging reflex in most patients.

ORAL SEDATION

Oral sedation is a wonderful option for patients who need more than just nitrous oxide, but don’t need or want IV Sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Bain offers two types of in office oral sedation appointments.  The first manner is typically used with older children/teenagers and allows them to be comfortably sedated through an entire dental visit using just a small pill. The patient will be prescribed a pill to take at bedtime the night before the appointment, and one to take one hour prior to their scheduled dental visit. 

The second form of oral sedation we offer is dispensed in a liquid form and is primarily used with patients under the age of 10.  The medicine is administered based on the patient's weight and is taken in office one hour prior to the appointment start time.  The next hour will be spent in our gaming arcade or watching movies in our lobby. Once the medication has had time to relax the patient, Dr. Bain will be begin treatment.

While all methods of sedation are very safe, the history of oral sedation has been especially safe as well as very effective. Dr. Bain uses very common medications that are extremely safe and widely prescribed. The patient's vital signs will be constantly monitored from the moment they are seated for the appointment until we are certain they are ready to leave. Dr. Bain and his entire dental team are highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, making this dentist office one of the safest places you can be!

Many of the medications used in conscious sedation have an amnesiac effect as well, leaving patients with little or no memory of their dental appointment even though they have never been under general anesthesia.