Sedation dentistry can help even the most anxious patient receive the treatments they need to restore and protect their oral health. It is not uncommon to feel nervous about dental work such as tooth extractions. For patients who are apprehensive or have trouble controlling their movements for long periods of time, we provide sedation dentistry at our Cedar City, UT, dental practice. Dr. Brian Tavoian offers nitrous oxide, oral-conscious, and intravenous (IV) options to ensure your comfort throughout your treatment. We work with a licensed anesthesiologist who will administer deep sedation and monitor your vitals at every stage of the procedure.
In order to ensure your comfort during a wide range of dental procedures, we offer three levels of sedation: minimal, moderate, and deep. Minimal sedation allows you to remain awake, but relaxed. Moderate sedation makes it so you are unlikely to remember much of the procedure. Deep sedation will take you right to the edge of consciousness, as if sleeping, though you can still be awakened if necessary. Depending on the extent of your treatment and your anxiety level, we can choose the best method and level of sedation for you.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide gas is inhaled to induce a relaxed state. It is usually combined with a local anesthetic to eliminate pain. Under this type of sedation, you are still conscious. However, you are relaxed and calm during your treatment. This method can achieve minimal or moderate levels of sedation.