Even with the latest technology that makes modern dentistry gentler than ever before, many people are still apprehensive about going to the dentist. Dr. Oshetski can eliminate dental fear and anxiety by placing patients in a relaxed state of conscious sedation. This means you’ll have little or no memory of having any dental work done.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry is not only for people that fear going to the dentist. Anybody can experience the benefits of sedation dentistry. Sedation allows patients to have more dental work done in a single appointment. Often treatment that would require five appointments or more can be performed in one single appointment. This means fewer interruptions to your daily life.
We offer different levels and types of sedation depending on your needs. Dr. Oshetski will discuss with you which option best suits your needs and expectations.
Oral and IV Sedation options start at $500 per session
Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
People who have:
- Dental anxiety or fear
- Difficulty getting numb
- Very sensitive teeth
- A bad gag reflex
- Limited time to complete dental treatment
- Complex dental problems
- Dislike needles and shots
- Dislike noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- Experience fear and embarrassment about their teeth
- Have complex dental problem
Options For Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas
Light sedation is achieved through the use of a gas called Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. The gas is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose.
Moderate sedation is achieved through the use of pills that are in the drug family called Benzodiazepines. A drug that many people are familiar with from this family is Valium. They produce a feeling of relaxation and drowsiness. Nitrous oxide is commonly used in combination with these pills, creating a profound amnesic effect.
Sedation is achieved through the use of IV administration of a sedative directly to your blood stream. It produces a profound state of relaxation and it can be used to sedate patients to a point where they are completely unaware of the dentistry performed. Dr. Oshetski is one of only a few general dentists in the state of Maine who is qualified and licensed to perform IV sedation.
Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia
Patients under deep sedation or general anesthesia are almost or completely unconscious during the entire dental procedure. They cannot be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia have worn off.
Dr Oshetski is a privileged staff member at Maine Medical Center and routinely utilizes the general anesthesia team at MMC for lengthy, or advanced treatments. Some patients such as those medically compromised or unable to sit through a procedure are also ideal for general anesthesia for their dental work.