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Sedation Dentistry Eugene, OR


Woman under conscious sedation at dentist office in Eugene, OR.

Sedation Dentistry


If you become afraid or anxious when visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Millions of Americans have dental-related phobias. Some people even allow these phobias to prevent them from receiving the dental care they need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. At College Hill Dental, we want our patients to have a comfortable and enjoyable experience. For patients who suffer from moderate to extreme anxiety, this may include sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry, ranging from nitrous oxide to general anesthesia, is designed to relax a patient during otherwise uncomfortable appointments.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation?


There are several factors that can affect whether or not sedation dentistry is right for you, including your overall health, and any mental or physical ailments. We may also ask you to receive clearance from a general physician if you suffer from cardiac disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other systemic illnesses.

Dr. Paskalev will perform a comprehensive exam to ensure you are a suitable candidate. This includes a detailed look at your medical and dental records. Be sure to ask any questions and voice any concerns before we proceed with sedation. We want you to feel comfortable with the process.

Patients with extreme anxiety are likely to benefit most from sedation dentistry. If you find yourself afraid to visit out office, this may be the route for you. Do not neglect your oral health. This can lead to much more serious complications later down the line.

Types of Sedation


There are four major types of sedation used in dentistry today:

•  Nitrous Oxide. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is generally considered the easiest and most common form of sedation used in a dental office. It provides feelings of euphoria, which if effective, reduces or eliminates anxiety. The procedure is extremely safe and often performed in conjunction with local injections of anesthetic to provide a nearly painless experience. For more information on Nitrous Oxide, visit www.mouthhealthy.org.
•  Enteral Sedation. Enteral sedation comes in the form of a pill or liquid that is taken orally. In some cases, enteral sedation is also used in combination with nitrous oxide. This type of sedation is also very safe and eliminates anxiety using common medications, such as Valium.
•  IV Sedation. Intravenous sedation is a bit more serious than the first two options, but still a common method of anxiety relief. During the procedure, a liquid medication will be directly injected into a vein. This provides deeper sedation and is often reserved for longer procedures. While you will be awake for the procedure, IV sedation produces an amnesia effect. Most patients have little or no recollection of the procedure. Be sure to arrange a ride to and from the office, as you will be unable to drive after the procedure. You should also clear your schedule for the day.
:General Anesthesia. General anesthesia is a form of sedation that will put you to sleep for the entire procedure. It is the heaviest form of sedation and is usually administered under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. For this reason, it is typically reserved for long, complicated surgeries.


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