IV and Oral Sedation

If the thought of sitting in a dental chair makes you anxious and afraid, you are not alone! Dr. Bateman and his compassionate staff understand. More importantly, they have solutions: intravenous IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide and oxygen, or a combination of oral and nitrous oxide sedation together. For young children or patients that don’t do well with anything less than general anesthesia, a board certified anesthesiologist will provide the anesthesia and Dr. Bateman will provide the dental work.

The more relaxed a patient is during their dental visit, the more comfortable and successful their dental experience will be. Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy, beautiful smile.

There are four ways that Dr. Bateman administers sedation medication:

IV Sedation

IV Sedation during dental workThis method of sedation safely puts you into a tranquil state of mind, meaning you will feel removed from what is actually going on and have virtually no memory of your treatment once it’s finished. Dr. Bateman is authorized by the State Dental Board to administer deep IV sedation.

IV Sedation:

  • Works well for moderate to high anxiety
  • Helps remove memory of any pain or discomfort
  • Has a rapid onset
  • Is effective for most patients
  • Is safe and easy to monitor

Oral Sedation

Oral Conscious Sedation has a sedative effect and also some degree of amnesic effect for most people. Patients remember little or nothing about their dental appointment.

Oral Sedation:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Helps remove memory of any pain or discomfort
  • Is easy to administer: just swallow a small pill!
  • Is effective for most patients
  • Is safe and easy to monitor
  • Is low cost

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen, also known as laughing gas, is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It has no color, and doesn’t irritate.

Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Prevents feeling any pain or discomfort
  • Results in an euphoric feeling
  • Has a rapid onset
  • Has a fast recovery time
  • Has very few side effects

The great thing about Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen is that you can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment, and return to normal activities immediately.

Oral and nitrous oxide combination

Also combining the effects of oral sedation drugs along with nitrous oxide gas can work for those who are at a moderate to high anxiety level. When using only one of these agents alone does not achieve the desired level of sedation, then this combination may work.

Implants

When natural teeth are lost or are not able to be saved, quality of life can often be improved with the use of dental implants and implant-retained dentures. Dental implants with crowns would replace missing teeth and implant retained dentures provide many advantages over traditional dentures.

3D Imaging

NewTom VGi is a high-performance, compact and safer version of the regular CT scan. It acquires 360‎° images (each angle for a total of 360‎° ) from a standing or sitting patient. It couples a revolutionary flat panel X-ray detector technology with a very small focal spot (3.mm), to produce the clearest, sharpest images possible.

Root Canal Therapy

Do you have a tooth that is giving you pain or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold? Has your tooth become discolored or are the nearby gums swelling or tender? Do you have spontaneous pain? If so, chances are you have an infection and may need a root canal.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are an excellent way to repair and strengthen badly damaged teeth. Covering the entire surface area of the tooth, they help to prevent weaker teeth from cracking or breaking. By reinforcing these weaker teeth, they effectively reduce or eliminate pain, sensitivity, and difficulty with chewing and speaking.

Extractions

Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually make their first appearance in young adults between the ages of 15 to 25. Most mouths are too small for these four additional molars; therefore, an extraction procedure is often necessary.

IV and Oral Sedation

If the thought of sitting in a dental chair makes you anxious and afraid, you are not alone! Dr. Bateman and his compassionate staff understand. More importantly, they have solutions: intravenous (IV) sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide and oxygen, or a combination of oral and nitrous oxide sedation together.

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is an ongoing infection in the gums and bone around the teeth, which results in periodontal pockets that could create bone loss. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have and the more serious the infection. Periodontal treatment will remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal.

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