Sedation Dentistry in Glenview IL

Dentist performing dental procedure | glenview il dentistDental fear is very common. According to the Journal of the American Dental Association, an estimated 11 to 20 percent of the population has extreme dental anxiety, which prevents them from seeking the dental treatment they need, while an additional 45 percent suffer from a more moderate degree of dental-related fear.

Whether it's caused by a bad experience at the dentist or just general anxiety at the thought of having dental work done, we understand how fear can make it a challenge to receive necessary dental care. Glenview dentists Dr. Drew Gripentrog and Dr. Jason Rogers at Gallery Park Dental want to help our patients get the quality dental care they deserve without the anxiety, so we offer a range of sedation dentistry options.

Skilled Sedation Dentistry for Your Comfort

At Gallery Park Dental, we are skilled in administering the right sedation option to put patients at ease during dental treatment. Our options range from mild nitrous sedation to a more moderate IV sedation. We have one year of advanced dental training in a hospital setting and are certified to provide in-office IV sedation. 

The safety and well-being of our patients is our top priority, and we have the training and skills to provide every patient with a superior dental experience with sedation dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is administered in a gas form, which is inhaled through a mask that fits over the nose. This gas will help patients feel relaxed and calm and can even create a state of euphoria. This form of sedation is perfect for those who just want help to relax during their dental procedure, those who need the ability to get themselves to and from their dental appointment without assistance, and those who simply want a short-term sedation option.

The nitrous oxide treatment will begin shortly before the procedure starts, and the flow of gas is constantly monitored to ensure patient safety. Nitrous oxide leaves the body quickly, leaving patients alert and able to drive home without assistance.

Oral Conscious Sedation

For a higher level of mild sedation, we offer oral conscious sedation. This takes the form of an oral sedative prescribed before the procedure. The pill is taken about an hour before the dental appointment, so patients who choose this sedation option will need someone to drive them to and from the appointment.

Oral sedatives bring about a deeply relaxed feeling. The appointment may feel much faster than it is, and many patients don't even remember the procedure later; however, patients remain fully conscious and able to communicate with and respond to the dentist during their procedure.

Oral conscious sedation works well for those who have a higher level of dental anxiety and for busy patients who would like to have multiple procedures done in the same appointment. At Gallery Park Dental, we can offer several treatments in a single sitting with oral conscious sedation, without compromising patient comfort.

IV Sedation

For extreme cases of dental fear or procedures that can be uncomfortable for patients, Gallery Park Dental offers IV sedation. Both of our doctors are certified to perform IV sedation in our Glenview dental office so that we can offer the highest level of dental care and comfort.

Despite what many people think, dental IV sedation does not cause unconsciousness. Patients remain conscious during their procedure and able to respond to the dentist but will be in a deeply relaxed state where they are not bothered by what is happening. IV sedation also causes an amnesia effect from shortly after the drug is administered until it wears off. This makes it feel like only a short amount of time has passed, and most patients remember nothing at all of their appointment.

Sedation Dentistry for a Superior Dental Experience

If you are in need of dental work but have been avoiding having it done due to dental fear or anxiety, contact our Glenview dental office today to find out more about our sedation dentistry options and to schedule an appointment.