Many patients can't imagine themselves feeling relaxed and at ease during a dental procedure, but it's possible! At the Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry (which operates within Heck Family Detistry of Lawrence, we're proud to be a certified provider of these essential services in Lawrence. Multiple options for sedation dentistry in Lawrence, KS are available in one convenient location, from mild nitrous oxide to more involved IV sedation. Additionally, we have all the proper monitoring devices, emergency equipment, and medications to ensure your safety and comfort. Our goal is to remove anything preventing you from getting a healthy mouth or enjoying the best quality of life.
Before your visit, you’ll be given some medication along with instructions on when to take it. It could be the night before your visit, or it could be at a set time during the day of the actual appointment; it all depends on your unique circumstances. Once the medication kicks in, you’ll be in a highly relaxed state where you won’t care about what is going on around you. You may even be relaxed to the point where you doze off (although you’ll easily be woken up).
You may be familiar with nitrous oxide sedation. Often, this is just enough to remove anxiety and allow you to be comfortable. However, sometimes it may be combined with other sedation methods to help you sleep. This could be due to severe anxiety, convenience, or physical limitations.
When the procedure begins, the sedative will be delivered directly into your vein, allowing it to take effect relatively quickly. This is a very strong form of sedation that’s highly recommended for patients who are particularly afraid or are undergoing a lengthy treatment. We can adjust the sedation level as needed, and we’ll pay close attention to your vital signs to make sure you stay safe and comfortable. Plan on having someone else drive you home, as the sedative most likely will not have worn off entirely by the end of your visit.
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