Pain Management

Before Your Treatment

In an emergency dental situation in which you are waiting to be seen by one of our professionals, you may choose to take an over-the-counter Tylenol, Ibuprofen or other pain reliever that you are accustomed to taking.  If you are unsure, please contact our office.

During Your Treatment

We understand that coming to the dentist can make one anxious about what pain they may suffer during the visit, regardless of how simple or complex a procedure may be.  We want to ensure that you receive minimal pain during procedures.  We have the necessary technologies and methods to make your visit with us pain-free.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide, or what many refer to as “being gassed” has been a popular and primary medium for sedation for the dental industry for well over a decade.  Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and common.  You are able to breathe on your own as you receive oxygen and you remain in full control of all bodily functions.  In most cases, you will simply fall asleep.  We like to use nitrous oxide sedation because the level of sedation can be altered at any time if you are still experiencing some discomfort.  After completion of your procedure, there are no after effects or “hangovers” and any temporary affects are usually over in a matter of seconds.  There are no side effects on the heart of lungs.  It is also appreciated by dental professionals because nitrous oxide sedation typically takes full effect within a matter of a couple of minutes.  The main caution with this type of sedation is for individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.  If you have emphysema, chest problems, M.S., or are experiencing difficulty breathing you may not want to use nitrous oxide.  In any case, we will gladly allow you to experience the sedation very slowly to ensure it is not affecting you in a negative manner.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation may be a better option for you if you are uncomfortable with nitrous oxide.  Furthermore, for more aggressive treatments we may go ahead and provide oral conscious sedation along with nitrous oxide.  If you are experiencing anxiety due to fear or have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, you may want to receive an oral conscious sedation.  This type of sedation is also good for individuals who have a bad gag reflex, have very sensitive teeth, are on a very limited schedule, or have fear of needles and shots may want to receive oral sedation.  The main concerns with oral conscious sedation is that you must have a companion to provide transportation to and from the dentist to ensure safety, as you will likely be very drowsy.

IV (Intravenous) Sedation

Another sedation is our sedation by IV.  This is where we administer sedation into the blood system via needle prior to dental treatment.  You will remain conscious during IV sedation and will be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.  However, you will likely not remember much regarding your treatment as it induces you into a state of deep relaxation.  In fact, many people remember nothing at all as if they were completely asleep during the procedure.  It is important to know that IV sedation is not a painkiller.  A local anaesthetic will still need to be administered.  If you have a fear of injections, we will ensure that your IV sedation has fully kicked in before we apply the local anaesthetic to your gums.