Sedation Makes Dentistry and Oral Surgery Simpler

Tampa Oral Surgeon Dr. Renato Aves of Tampa, Florida offers various sedation options to maximize the comfort of his patients undergoing oral surgery. If you feel anxious or stressed about coming in for treatments or oral surgeries at our practice, you’re not alone. An estimated 40 million Americans, or 15 percent of the general population, suffer from dental phobia and anxiety. Tampa Oral Surgeon Dr. Renato Aves and our team understand these concerns, so we make your comfort, security, and calmness our top priority.

Putting off important oral surgeries or dental treatments can only worsen your condition, so we work to make getting the care you need as easy as possible. In addition to local anesthesia, which involves injected medications that numb your tissue, we offer a variety of sedation options at our Tampa, FL oral surgery practice. Dr. Aves will help you choose a strength and type of sedative to suit your needs. To learn more about our sedation treatments or schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves, contact our oral surgery practice today.

Who is a Candidate?

Sedation can help patients in a variety of circumstances. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you:

  • Are undergoing complex oral surgery.
  • Have a particularly low pain threshold.
  • Suffer from dental anxiety or phobia.
  • Have had prior traumatic experiences in a dentist or oral surgeon’s office.
  • Are not responsive to local anesthesia for some reason (for example, severe periodontal infection can interfere with the success of local anesthesia).
  • Have a very sensitive gag reflex.
  • Suffer from orthopedic or psychological conditions that make sitting still for prolonged periods challenging for you.
  • Have particularly sensitive teeth.
  • Are experiencing severe pain due to an oral health condition.
  • Wish to combine treatments (such as tooth extraction and ridge preservation).
  • Have limited time to finish your treatment.
  • Are in good general health.
  • Are not allergic or sensitive to the sedative used.
  • Have rescheduled multiple dental or oral surgery treatments due to fear.
  • Suffer from a fear of needles (which could make local anesthesia treatment more difficult).

Our Sedation Options

Dr. Aves can provide the following sedation treatments:

  • Oral conscious sedation. If you opt for this form of sedation, Dr. Aves 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, you will remain technically awake, but will feel very tranquil and will not remember your procedure. 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. Aves or your anesthesiologist will put a mask over your mouth and nose. At first, we 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. Aves 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.

For all of these treatments, Dr. Aves will work with a trained anesthesiologist to adjust your dosage to your needs. In some cases, we may also combine multiple forms of sedation (such as nitrous oxide and general anesthesia).

Remain Calm and Relaxed While Preserving and Enhancing Your Oral Health

Sedation can help ease your concerns and keep you comfortable during intensive procedures. To learn more about these treatments, contact our Tampa or Lakeland, FL practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aves.

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