Options for Helping You Relax While We Work
on Your Smile
As part of our dedication to delivering gentle dentistry, both Dr. Larry and Dr. Trevor are fully trained and accredited to perform sedation dentistry. Idaho’s dental board carefully regulates the use of sedation techniques, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative and painkiller that typically begins to work within a few minutes. You remain alert and able to respond to requests and questions. Nitrous also wears off quickly, so you’re able to safely drive yourself home afterwards.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you opt for this type of sedation, we do require that you have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment. You will not be able to drive yourself.
IV Conscious Sedation
With IV conscious sedation, patients enjoy little to no memory of the dental procedure. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need to have someone available to drive you home after your appointment.
Is Sedation for Everyone?
Nitrous, in particular, may not be suitable if you’re pregnant, have COPD or congestive heart failure, have suffered a recent head injury, have an ear infection, are taking medication that may trigger a reaction, or have difficulty having your nose covered.
Patients who have obstructive sleep apnea or are obese are more likely to experience complications with all types of sedation and should talk with the doctor about which sedation options are best for them.