Whether you’re here for a simple filling or implant surgery, we understand that visiting the dentist can be an intimidating experience. If you suffer from dental anxiety, even a minor procedure like a cleaning may make you feel uncomfortable. At Altamar Dental Studio, we provide informative, gentle care, and offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make you feel comfortable at all times.
Laughing Gas is one of the most commonly-administered methods of sedation, both for adults and children. Using a special nose mask, Dr. Marquez will release a steady flow of this sedative to make you feel euphoric and calm.
Laughing gas is usually administered when patients have minor dental anxiety, but it's also appropriate for patients who may feel nervous about using a more intense method of sedation since laughing gas doesn’t cause you to fall asleep. An additional benefit of laughing gas is that its effects wear off very quickly, which means that you can drive yourself home after your treatment and go about the rest of your day as you normally would.
Oral conscious sedation is a powerful anti-anxiety medication taken in pill form, usually about an hour before your appointment. Once the drug takes effect, you will feel calm and relaxed, and you may even fall asleep during your treatment. This sedative is a good option for patients with more severe anxiety, or those who wish to avoid any discomfort during lengthy procedures. However, the side effects of oral conscious sedation last for several hours, so you'll need to make arrangements for someone to drive you to and from your procedure.
Laughing gas and oral conscious sedation are, by far, the most commonly-used sedation options, and we offer both at Altamar Dental Studio. During a consultation or before your appointment, Dr. Marquez will discuss your comfort level and your treatment process to decide which option will work best for you. We always keep our patients fully informed about sedation and treatment procedures, so you will feel comfortable and know what to expect every step of the way. Make an appointment and come see us in our Naples office!
This answer is different for every patient. The cost varies because the amount of sedative each patient requires is different. Other factors also play a role in the cost of sedation, such as:
-Your height and weight
-Your preferred method of sedation (laughing gas or oral conscious)
-The length of your procedure
If you would like to learn more and see how much sedation dentistry will cost for your case, we recommend contacting the team at Altamar Dental Studio. We can give you an estimate for the procedure, or you can get a quote directly from Dr. Marquez at your next appointment.
The process of being sedated at the dentist differs, depending on the method you choose:
Sedation with laughing gas is administered through a comfortable mask that fits over your nose. You’ll simply breathe in the sedative, it will be absorbed by your lungs, and the calming effects will occur immediately.
At the end of your procedure, you’ll inhale pure oxygen for a few minutes to purge the laughing gas from your body, which prevents side effects like headaches and shivering. You’ll feel normal within 5 minutes and you can drive yourself home or go back to work.
Oral conscious sedation is a bit different. You’ll take a strong sedative in pill-form about 1-2 hours before your appointment. Depending on the medicine, you may have to take it on an empty stomach. Once you take the sedative, it will begin to take effect.
Most commonly-used sedatives last for at least 4-6 hours after your procedure so you will not be able to drive yourself home or resume your day-to-day activities. This means that you’ll need to make the appropriate arrangements, and have someone with you to take you home after your appointment.