Dental anxiety is a rather common condition that discourages, and often even prevents, numerous people from attaining the oral care they need or desire. With patient comfort being one of our practice’s top priorities, Dr. Collin Clatanoff or Dr. Kevin Axx are dedicated to helping anyone who suffers from dental phobia receive endodontic treatment in a completely calm, anxiety-free state—which can often be made possible by sedation endodontics.
What Is Sedation Endodontics?
Sedation endodontics refers to the utilization of various sedative methods intended to keep you relaxed and free of all anxiety or discomfort while endodontic care is performed. In addition to its calming and analgesic effects, sedation endodontics can also enable complex treatments—such as some root canal procedures and dental implant surgeries—to be completed more efficiently due to your peaceful state.
At our practice, Dr. Axx and Dr. Clatanoff are both extensively trained and credentialed to provide oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, and they work together with dental anesthesiologists to offer IV sedation when a higher level of sedation is necessary.
Would Sedation Endodontics Benefit Me?
Sedation endodontics can be particularly beneficial if:
- You suffer from fear or anxiety about dental treatment
- You have an overactive gag reflex
- You respond poorly to local anesthetics
- You have a very low tolerance for discomfort
- You are undergoing a particularly complex treatment or surgery
- You have special needs or a disability
- You are not able to relax or sit comfortably in the dental chair for an extended period
What Different Types of Sedation Are Available?
There are three types of sedation available for endodontic treatment: oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation. Dr. Clatanoff and Dr. Axx have undergone extensive training and are qualified to perform oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide—and they collaborate with dental anesthesiologists to provide IV sedation in the event a greater degree of sedation is required. Each of these options is described below.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation involves the digestion of a swallowable pill approximately one hour prior to the start of treatment. Once the sedation takes effect, you will be in a state of complete relaxation for your procedure—and you may even fall asleep. Afterwards, you will likely have little to no recollection of treatment, which many patients consider to be a benefit.
Nitrous oxide—commonly called “laughing gas”—is inhaled through a chairside mask, resulting in an immediate calming effect. You will be awake and coherent during treatment, though you will feel much more relaxed than normal. Depending on your needs and desires, nitrous oxide can be used alone or in combination with oral conscious sedation.
IV sedation is injected directly into the bloodstream by a dental anesthesiologist. Once administered, the effects are immediate, enabling you to achieve deep relaxation—sometimes referred to as a conscious “twilight” state. Many patients are so relaxed with IV sedation that they drift off and sleep peacefully throughout treatment. Similar to oral conscious sedation, you will likely have minimal to no memory of your procedure.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Axx or Dr. Clatanoff will thoroughly examine your dental and medical history, address any questions or concerns you have, and help you select the most appropriate sedation option for your specific case. Our goal is to ensure you are completely comfortable and carefree during your endodontic treatment.
Schedule an Appointment at Arcadia Endodontics
If you are in need of endodontic treatment and feel sedation endodontics could be beneficial for you, please reach out to our practice online or by phone today to book an appointment. We are happy to help you receive the oral care you need in a state of complete relaxation!