Sedation Dentistry – Jupiter, FL
Your Comfort Comes First
Dental procedures such as the ones offered here at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery can be performed very comfortably thanks to the use of various types of sedation dentistry in Jupiter, FL. We know that just the idea of undergoing oral surgery is enough to make many people feel uncomfortable, but using the techniques below, we’re able to drastically reduce and even eliminate both mental and physical discomfort for even the most nervous patient. To learn how we can use sedation to make your time with us as stress-free as possible, contact us today.
Why Choose South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Sedation Dentistry?
- Office of Oral Surgeons All Certified in General Anesthesia
- 4 Highly-Skilled Oral Surgeons Under One Roof
- IV Sedation: Instantly Relaxes & Prevents Pain
Local anesthetic is used to numb any area we intend to treat so that a patient doesn’t feel physical discomfort while in the chair. In many cases, we first apply it topically, and then the rest is administered using an injection. Our team strives to make this part of a procedure as comfortable as possible, and we use anesthetic conservatively so a patient doesn’t have to deal with hours of lasting numbness after an appointment.
Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is excellent for soothing patients who experience minor nerves when receiving oral care. A patient simply breathes it in through a small mask placed over the nose, and within a few minutes, they should feel warm, happy, and calm. Nitrous oxide also has a slight anesthetizing effect and lowers the body’s ability to feel physical pain. The mask remains on for the entire appointment, and after it’s taken off, the gas’ effects go away almost instantly, meaning a patient can quickly resume their normal day.
The type of general anesthesia we use is similar to the kind utilized during extensive surgery, in that it enables a patient to quickly fall asleep and stay unconscious throughout an entire procedure, waking up with no memory of it afterward. However, ours is much gentler, by comparison, meaning it’s easier for patients to wake up, plus they won’t experience as much grogginess or confusion, helping them begin their recovery even faster. All of our oral surgeons have been certified by the Florida Board of Dentistry for General Anesthesia. This ensures that you receive the best treatment by our highly-educated dental professionals.
IV Sedation Dentistry
IV Sedation involves administering a sedative directly into the bloodstream using a small injection in either the hand or arm. Almost instantly, it helps a patient feel completely relaxed from head to toe, and we can adjust it as needed to suit someone’s unique comfort level. We usually recommend it for people with extreme dental phobia, those who require an invasive procedure, or patients who want multiple treatments completed in one well-planned visit in order to save time. Our Oral Surgeons here at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery have all completed 4-Year residency training to do all levels of IV Sedation, ensuring that they provide you with the treatment you need at a higher level of expertise than a general dentist.
Exparel® Opioid-Free Anesthesia
If you have watched the news for even a minute over the past few years, then you likely know that the US is currently going through an opioid crisis. Opioids are often used with anesthesia for oral surgery in order to protect a patient from pain, but this can lead to a variety of undesirable side effects, including nausea, itching, and constipation in addition to the risk of addiction. To ensure our patients enjoy comfortable treatment and avoid these potential pitfalls, we use Exparel® opioid-free anesthesia at South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, helping individuals and our community at large at the same time. Exparel® is a long-acting local anesthetic, this ensures that you will remain pain-free for up to 72 hours after surgery and eliminates the need for prescription opioids.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
At South Florida Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, your comfort comes first. From our relaxing office atmosphere to our friendly and compassionate team, we do everything we can to make your visit as relaxing as possible. Our highly trained professionals are proud to offer a variety of dental sedation that can help patients overcome fears and discomfort to get the care for their smile that they need. We’ll be more than happy to answer any and all of your questions when you visit us for an appointment, but in the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about sedation dentistry below.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
When administered by a seasoned professional with years of advanced training and experience like Dr. Weinstein, Dr. Thompson, Dr. Guzman, or Dr. Chafin, sedation dentistry is extremely safe. As Diplomates of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, our doctors are committed to providing the safest and most effective means of dental sedation. In addition to thoroughly reviewing your medical history and determining which type of sedation is best for you, we will monitor your vital signs at all times while you are sedated to ensure your comfort and safety.
Which Type of Sedation Is Right for Me?
We’re proud to offer a wide variety of different types of sedation dentistry to ensure that everyone can get exactly what they need. Each option comes with its own advantages and considerations, and not all patients are good candidates for all types of sedation. To determine if dental sedation is right for you and which type you would benefit most from, we will see you for a consultation. We’ll go over your medical history, health conditions, and overall level of anxiety before fully explaining which types of sedation would be best for you.
Who Shouldn’t Get Sedation Dentistry?
While most patients are good candidates for sedation dentistry, there are some exceptions. There are some factors that can limit which types of sedation are a good choice for you, or if you should be sedated at all. Typically, we won’t recommend sedation dentistry for patients who:
- Are pregnant
- Have a breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea
- Are currently experiencing nasal congestion
- Have certain medical conditions that may put them at risk of complications
Will Sedation Dentistry Put Me to Sleep?
With the exception of general anesthesia, no, sedation dentistry does not knock you unconscious. Many patients feels so relaxed and comfortable that they may doze off during their procedure, but they can be easily awoken. In most cases, you’ll remain conscious enough to respond to our questions and instructions throughout your treatment. You’ll remain conscious during your procedure, but will be oblivious to the sights, sounds, and sensations that would normally cause you anxiety or discomfort. That being said, many patients feel as though they were knocked out or asleep during their appointment because they have little to no memory of it.