Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Naples, FL

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Soothing Dental Anesthesia Alleviates the Fear Associated with Oral Surgery

Many people feel scared or anxious about going to the dentist. Studies show that this is very common in America, with up to 80% of adults experiencing some level of dental anxiety. Unfortunately, many people who feel this way avoid the dentist, sometimes missing their regular checkups altogether. When people feel anxious about dental treatment, they may have physical reactions like increased heart rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure. This can cause problems like lower tolerance for pain, slower healing, and higher rates of post-surgery side effects.

Our experts at the Florida Dental Implant Institute have special training in anesthesia and sedation dentistry to help you relax during procedures. We want to make sure you feel safe while you're here, especially if you're considering getting full-mouth dental implants.

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Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?

Those with any level of anxiety or fear related to dental procedures
Those with past traumatic dental experiences
Those with overly sensitive gag reflexes or sensitive teeth
Those with aversions to the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dentistry
Those with a low pain threshold
Those who need multiple or complex treatments
Those who want fewer appointments and an ability to combine treatments

General Anesthesia Training and Licensing Helps Ensure Patient Safety

When an oral surgeon administers general anesthesia in their office, they must have special training and equipment to keep their patients safe. To make sure they are qualified, they have to complete at least three months of training in a hospital setting and pass an evaluation by a state dental board-appointed examiner. During the evaluation, the examiner watches the surgeon give anesthesia to patients and makes sure that they have the right equipment and staff to handle any emergencies that might happen. Our oral surgeon, Dr. Eberle, has extensive training and experience in all kinds of sedation, including general anesthesia.

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Soothing Sedation Dentistry Options

Understanding the range of choices that are available to relieve anxiety and discomfort is crucial when looking for the right surgeon to perform your dental implants. Listed below are the three most common sedation options.

1. Nitrous Oxide

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Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a colorless gas that is commonly used in dental procedures along with other anesthesia to reduce anxiety. This gas has been used in sedation dentistry since the mid-1800s, and it is safe and effective. During the procedure, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a comfortable mask that fits over your nose. Once the nitrous oxide is turned off, you breathe in pure oxygen for a few minutes. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and many patients don't remember much about their procedure. This type of sedation doesn't have any lingering side effects, so patients can safely drive themselves home afterwards.

2. Oral Sedation
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Oral sedation is a type of dental sedation administered in pill form before treatment. This sedation will suppress a part of the nervous system associated with anxiety and pain. While sedated, patients can feel relaxed and pain-free while remaining responsive and in control of their bodies. This type of sedation is safe for most patients.

3. IV Sedation
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In cases involving complex dental surgeries or patients with severe dental anxiety, safe sedation dentistry can help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. IV sedation is one such method that involves administering sedative medication through a thin needle inserted into a vein in your arm or hand. During both IV sedation and general anesthesia, we closely monitor your vital signs and keep you in a "recovery" area under observation by our staff until the medication effects have worn off. Please note that due to lingering side effects, you will need to have a designated adult drive you home after the procedure.

4. General Anesthesia
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General anesthesia is the strongest form of sedation dentistry and is an ideal option for patients who have severe dental anxiety or who require complex treatments. To prepare for it, you should avoid eating or drinking anything for at least six to eight hours before your appointment. During the procedure, we will administer the anesthesia and closely monitor your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. While sedated, you won't feel any pain or stimulus at all. The side effects may last up to 12 hours, so it's important that a designated adult accompanies you to our office, stays with you during the procedure and recovery, and drives you home afterward.

Don't Let Dental Anxiety Negatively Implant Your Health

Our clinic is a judgment-free space where you can leave all your anxieties at the door. We understand that a visit to the dentist can be stressful for some people, and we strive to make you feel comfortable, calm, and confident during your time with us. We specialize in helping patients overcome dental fear, and we offer a range of techniques to ensure that you feel at ease during your treatment, no matter the fear you experience or the type of dental procedure you need. Our unique general anesthesia options are available for patients who require a deeper level of sedation, and we pride ourselves in offering this service outside of its normal use in hospital settings.

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Creating captivating smiles

Rediscover the joy of a confident smile. With our state-of-the-art dental implant solutions, you're not just getting a procedure—you're investing in a lifetime of laughter, conversations, and moments shared. Whether you're looking to replace a single tooth or achieve a complete transformation, our expert team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Florida Dental Implant Institute specializes in implants and oral surgery. With 50+ years of combined expertise, we serve Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres.

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