Sedation Dentistry Columbus OH

Stoner Periodontics has offices conveniently located in Dublin, New Albany, Springfield, and Chillicothe.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the ideal solution for patients with extreme anxiety over going to the dentist or who have had a traumatic dental experience in the past. IV sedation allows a small amount of sedative to be administered without rendering the patient unconscious. Instead, the patient is able to simply relax and feel at ease during almost any dental procedure, even surgery without fear or anxiety.

Who Needs Sedation Dentistry?

Many patients are candidates for dental IV sedation. Patients who have a low pain tolerance are recommended to have IV sedation administered for their periodontic treatments. Patients who are having longer procedures that would require multiple hours can be administered the IV sedation. Any patient can request this form of sedation for their treatment if they have high anxieties about the procedure.

Patients of all ages can be candidates for IV sedation. If you have specific allergies to certain medications, this must be discussed prior to the administration of the sedation. If you are a patient that has a long form procedure coming up, do not hesitate to ask about our IV sedation option. While it is not required or recommended for routine check-ups or cleanings, the option can still be discussed on an individual patient basis.

Millions of adults shy away from having necessary periodontal procedures every year simply because they encounter anxiety associated with their past experiences. Avoiding any form of oral health check- up or needed operations can have some severe health consequences. At Stoner Periodontic Specialists, we see IV sedation as the best option for patients who are unable to relax during dental procedures.

Not only does IV sedation help relax our patients, but it also prevents any feeling of pain or pressure during the procedure. Many patients who have gone under sedation have only vague memories of the procedure. Our office offers IV sedation during many different types of periodontic treatments to ease our patients’ stresses and anxieties.

Call Stoner Periodontics at 614-889-8222 for a Sedation Dentistry Consultation Today

Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry


Unlike a local anesthetic, IV sedation offers a higher level of sedation, and can eliminate stress or anxiety associated with dental treatments. This type of sedation:

  • Works immediately after it is administered intravenously
  • Can consolidate major procedures from multiple appointments down to one or two
  • Will be tailored to each patient’s individual needs
  • Allow patients to forget the procedure entirely
  • Suppresses the gag reflex, so the dental treatment can be completed quickly
  • Allows patients with sensitivities to relax and not feel pain or pressure
  • Provides a shorter recovery time

If you are a patient who stresses over the thought of having any form of dental procedure done, perhaps IV sedation is the best choice for you. A licensed professional will always carefully administer the exact amount needed for each treatment. Each patient will remain in an incredibly relaxed but conscious state during the entire procedure, able to respond if the periodontist asks them to change position, spit, or answer a question about their comfort.

IV Sedation Process


During IV sedation, medication is administered through an IV by a professional who can adjust the level of IV sedation needed for the specific procedure. This medication can be administered either heavily for lengthy procedures and lightly for short and less complicated treatments. The amount of sedation used is determined by the individual patient’s height, weight, and level of anxiety to ensure their dental experience is safe and relaxing.

The IV sedation runs directly into the patient’s vein, either in the bend in the patient’s arm or on top of the hand, which allows the medicine to work very quickly. A tiny needle is used, and most patients describe insertion as only a small momentary prick. The patient will remain semi-awake, which can allow a dialogue between the specialist and patient during the treatment. Our patients feel fully relaxed during IV sedated procedures.

As your body begins to lose feeling, you enter a state that is commonly described as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep.” While you won’t be put into a deep sleep, you will be able to fully relax for a long period of time. You will be able to speak during the procedure as well if there is a need for communicating.

IV Sedation will be administered for exactly the amount of time needed for the procedure to be complete, then the IV will be removed and you will be allowed to recover for a short period of time before being driven home by a companion.

 

Stoner Periodontic and Sedation Dentistry Specialists has 4 locations to better serve the greater Columbus, OH metroplex:

Dublin, Ohio | New Albany, Ohio | Springfield, OhioChillicothe, Ohio

IV Sedation vs. General Anesthesia

Opting for IV sedation over a local or general anesthetic can have many positives. General anesthesia is typically administered in the form of a gas that is inhaled by the patient. This form of anesthesia will almost always put the patients completely to sleep and keep them unconscious throughout the procedure.

This form of anesthesia depresses the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, meaning it is reserved for the most invasive surgeries. In some complex oral surgeries that involve the jawbone in any form (such as implantology), a general anesthesia may be the preferred option.

If a patient is in need of a wisdom tooth removal, but the teeth are impacted below gums and bone, we consider this a more complicated procedure. It will likely be recommended for the patient to be under a general anesthesia as opposed to an IV sedation in this case. We also occasionally see a patient with high tolerance to IV sedation medications, for whom general anesthesia is the only option.

Call Stoner Periodontics and Sedation Dentistry Specialists at (614) 889-8222.

Eat what you want, smile with radiating confidence, chew the foods you’ve avoided for so long but yearn for-let us help you regain the quality of life you deserve!

After IV Sedation

Although the immediate effects of IV sedation will fade away after the procedure is finished, you may still feel lightly sedated afterward. It is highly recommended for patients to bring a trusted friend or family member to drive them home after the procedure.

Ask Us About Sedation Dentistry

If you are interested in knowing more about sedation dentistry at Stoner Periodontic Specialists, give us a call. One of our team members will answer your questions and can schedule you for an evaluation. We want to be sure you are completely relaxed and content during your procedure, and IV sedation can make a huge difference to your comfort and state of mind.