Sedation Dentistry Phoenix

Our office offers patients the option of sedation for their dental treatment in Phoenix. This is what sets our office apart from other dental practices. Your surgery can be completed for you under sedation, if you desire. Just as there are different “levels” of sedation and anesthesia, there are different levels of expertise on providing sedation. Dr. Ingersoll has long been noted for his expertise in sedation techniques in the dental office. His expertise will enable you to have multiple types of sedation that are tailor made for your specific needs. We are capable of providing the anesthesia for his surgical procedures therefore eliminating the costly expense of having the procedure done in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.

Sedation for oral surgery is a great option for many patients. People who have cardiac and hypertensive conditions will commonly have elevation of the heart rate and blood pressure under stress and anxiety. Sedation can be helpful in minimizing these experiences. Dental sedation is also highly effective for disabled patients and those that are simply fearful. Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills and severe gag reflexes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

Sedation comes in many forms. Lighter levels of sedation would include nitrous oxide sedation or oral medication sedation. These forms of sedation are of value for people who have mild anxiety and fear for relatively routine procedures. Intravenous sedation would be recommended for people who have greater levels of anxiety or for more complex or lengthy procedures.

Dental Sedation Consultation

At your consultation, Dr. Ingersoll will evaluate your medical history, provided physical examination regarding your capacity to have deeper levels of sedation and thoroughly discuss your options. Cardiac history, blood pressure history, lung, kidney and liver issues will all be taken into consideration. Weight, jaw position and neck size and shape are all factors associated with a thorough evaluation. Your schedule of routine medications for your health will be discussed at this consultation appointment.

How is the IV sedation administered?

You will be requested to arrive without having had anything to eat or drink for 6 hours. This is for your safety. Some patients will be given preoperative medication to provide a mild calming sensation as well as a medication to decrease the potential for nausea. Patients who take medications for heart, blood pressure issues or asthma should take these medications at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. We will use monitors to evaluate your heart, lungs and blood pressure. Commonly patients will have nitrous oxide sedation prior to placement of the IV catheter. The catheter is a plastic tube which is comfortable once placed. Intravenous fluids and medications will be delivered according to Dr. Ingersoll’s treatment plan for you.