Relax during Treatment with Sedation Dentistry
It is not uncommon for patients to postpone or avoid essential endodontic treatment due to anxiety or fear. However, this can have a significant negative impact on your oral health. Left untreated, an infection can lead to an abscess or even the need for extraction. At Petersen Endodontics in Scottsdale, AZ, we offer dental sedation so patients can confidently receive the care they need. While many patients find that local anesthesia is sufficient, Dr. Aric Petersen can safely administer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or intravenous (IV) sedation so you can remain even more relaxed and comfortable throughout treatment.
Should I Choose Sedation?
No one enjoys the idea of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, root canal treatment and other endodontic procedures have developed a reputation for being especially painful and intimidating, leading to pronounced fear and anxiety in some patients.
With the help of sedation, patients can now undergo necessary treatment while feeling relaxed and comfortable.
By offering sedation dentistry, we can alleviate any lingering concerns. In addition to patients with dental anxiety, sedation dentistry can benefit those who:
- Have back or neck issues
- Are afraid of needles
- Have extremely sensitive teeth
- Experience difficulty getting numb
- Suffer from a sensitive gag reflex
- Have difficulty sitting for long periods of time
- Suffer from sore jaw muscles
- Have had previously traumatic dental experiences
After discussing your health, concerns, and goals, Dr. Petersen will recommend the most appropriate type of sedation.
Types of Sedation
At Petersen Endodontics, we offer three methods of sedation:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Commonly known as laughing gas, this form of a sedation is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen which is inhaled through a mask. Patients usually experience feelings of light-headedness and tingling or heaviness in their limbs. These side effects will wear off shortly after your mask is removed so you can safely drive yourself home.
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Oral medications provide sedative effects which often include a deep state of relaxation and unawareness of your surroundings. However, you will still be able to follow the doctor's commands and respond to questions. Depending on your level of anxiety, you may take your medication the night before or shortly before the procedure.
- IV Sedation
- IV sedation is a deeper form of sedation that is administered directly into the bloodstream. While patients will typically feel as if they have slept through the appointment, you will remain conscious during your treatment. The amount of sedation administered throughout the procedure will be precisely controlled. Dr. Petersen will typically administer IV sedation himself, however, an anesthesiologist can oversee higher-risk patients.
We ask that patients receiving oral conscious or IV sedation arrange for a ride home with a loved one from their appointment.
Sedative medications do not provide pain relief during the root canal procedure and will be used in combination with local anesthesia. The local anesthetic will be injected directly into the soft tissue to provide a numbing sensation and alleviate pain.
Safe, Comfortable Care
The Petersen Endodontics team prioritizes patient safety and strives to create a positive treatment experience. Learn more about how sedation dentistry can improve your root canal treatment by contacting us online. You can also call the office at (480) 767-8888.
“To say it was the best dental experience I have ever had is an understatement.” Andrea B.