If you feel anxious or stressed about oral surgeries, you are not alone. An estimated 40 million Americans, or 15 percent of the general population, suffer from dental phobia and anxiety. Lakeland Sedation Oral Surgeon Dr. Sean Walcott and all of his friendly team members understand these concerns. In addition to safety, we make your comfort our top priority.
Our Lakeland oral surgeon, Dr. Sean Walcott, can provide the following sedation options:
- Oral conscious sedation. If you opt for this form of sedation, Dr. Walcott will prescribe a sedative medication, which you will pick up from your local pharmacy and take approximately one hour before your appointment time. As its name indicates, you will remain conscious while under the influence of this drug, but you should feel very relaxed and may not remember what occurs during your treatment. Since oral conscious sedation can cause disorientation and grogginess, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment. The effects of oral conscious sedation typically wear off within about 24 hours, at which point you should be able to return to work, school, or other activities.
- Intravenous (IV) conscious sedation. As its name suggests, this medication is applied directly to your bloodstream using a thin needle. Similarly, to oral conscious sedation, this is a moderate sedation in which you will remain technically awake, but will feel very tranquil and will not remember your procedure. The amount of sedative can be easily controlled to precisely the required amount. You will need a ride to and from your appointment.
- Nitrous oxide. Also called laughing gas, this is one of the oldest, most tried-and-true methods of sedation in dentistry. To administer nitrous oxide, Dr. Walcott will put a mask over your mouth and nose. At first, he will run normal oxygen to the mask, and then gradually introduce the medicated gas. Within about five minutes, you should begin to feel euphoric, calm, and perhaps groggy. You will remain awake and able to respond to commands, but you will likely not remember your procedure. Once the nitrous oxide takes effect, Dr. Walcott will perform your procedure. When he is finished, we will decrease the flow of nitrous oxide to your mask, and you should begin to feel normal again within a few minutes. You should be able to drive yourself home from your appointment and return to regular activities immediately.
Remain calm and relaxed throughout oral surgery.
Sedation can help ease your concerns and keep you comfortable during surgical procedures. When you are relaxed, the surgery can be completed efficiently with minimal post-op jaw muscle tenderness. To learn more about the surgical procedure you may need and the recommended sedation for your special circumstances, please contact our office for an initial complementary consultation appointment.