You can be perfectly relaxed during your trip to the dentist…even while undergoing treatment! For the fastest and most dramatic results, the team at Utah Perio offers IV sedation dentistry, which is designed to relax you and to make you more comfortable during complicated dental procedures. IV stands for intravenous, meaning the medication that helps sedate you is administered through the veins, thus eliminating your anxiety, as well as your pain. This sedation method allows you to become relaxed at a much faster rate than with other sedation methods. Even if you’re afraid of needles, the needle used for IV sedation is so small that most patients liken it to a tiny pinch or to a pinprick as the insertion is made (usually at the top of the hand or within the inside of your elbow). The Utah Perio team is very experienced in these techniques. Should you choose IV sedation, they will be sure to create a comfortable experience for you.
Depending on the dose given, oral sedation can be minimal or moderate. This type of sedation is in pill form. You will take the pill prior to your dental visit, as instructed by your dentist. You will feel drowsy, but awake.
Nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas) is a minimal form of sedation that helps you relax during your dental visits. A mask is placed over your nose, and you breathe in nitrous oxide combined with oxygen. Your dentist can control the amount of nitrous oxide you receive based on your comfort level. You will be fully awake, yet relaxed.