Sedation Services

Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics offers Sedation Service for those patients who undergo periodontal surgery and/or dental implant surgery.

Our office offers a variety of options to help you relax and achieve the results you deserve. Nitrous Oxide, Oral and IV Sedation are all available. Nitrous Oxide is commonly known as “laughing gas” and is a form of mild sedation inhaled. Oral Sedation is taken orally and helps reduce the fear and anxiety in the dental chair. For more advanced dental procedures such as dental implants and periodontal therapy, IV sedation is usually recommended.

What is Intravenous Sedation?

Sedation allows you to relax during the dental implant process without remembering the procedure. You can wake up to a new tooth or set of teeth. Sedation allows you to remain conscious and you will be able to understand and respond to verbal commands.

A sedating drug is injected directly into a patient’s vein.  It is designed to help you relax and remove anxiety during your treatment.

How Should I Prepare for Sedation?

You will attend an assessment appointment with our Periodontist, who will talk you through the procedure.  Together, you will decide if it is the right option for you.

If you choose to go ahead with Sedation, then you will be required to give written consent at this appointment. Our nurse anesthetist will call you the night before surgery to go over the anesthetic plan and your updated medical history.

What to Expect on the Day of Intravenous Sedation?

On the day of sedation, you will be asked to follow these instructions:

  • You cannot eat or drink for 12 hours prior to the treatment
  • Do not drink any alcohol for 24 hours before treatment
  • Take any routine medicines at normal times
  • You must inform the dentist and/ or nurse anesthetist of any medicines or tablets you are taking, or if there have been any recent changes to your Medical History
  • Do not bring children with you
  • Please go to the bathroom before having sedation

After Sedation, Please Follow These Instructions:

  • You will NOT be able to drive yourself home. Please bring a responsible adult with you, who is able to wait and escort you home
  • You should use a car or taxi to get home. Not the bus.
  • Rest at home for the remainder of the day. Do not go back to work.
  • Do not use any machinery or drive until the next day
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not go swimming
  • Do not sign legal documents or make important decisions until the next day.

Contact our office today at (402) 614-7022 for a complimentary consult to discuss sedation options with your dental care.

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