Sedation Dentistry Can Facilitate Your Oral Surgery
Whether you suffer from a severe dental phobia or simply want to experience minimal discomfort during your surgical procedure, Dr. Dustin J. Hopkin can provide different levels of sedation to suit your needs. At Hopkin Oral Surgery, our mission is to make oral surgery easy and help you feel comfortable and relaxed in a traditionally non-relaxing situation. In addition to our advanced sedation dentistry techniques, we perform all procedures in our state-of-the-art office in Salt Lake City, UT, to help you feel at ease during your procedure.
Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?
Many patients put off important dental treatment for various personal reasons. A study by the American Dental Association found that 22 percent of adults forgo visits to their dentists due to dental phobia. Ignoring your oral health needs could have severe negative effects on your overall health, and Dr. Hopkin wants to make your dental treatment as painless and comfortable as possible. To help you feel confident about your decision to undergo sedation, Dr. Hopkin will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each sedation technique before your procedure and will never make the choice for you.
Basic Levels of Sedation
Our office provides several types of sedation, ranging from minimally invasive local sedation to intravenous (IV) sedation.
For patients who have minimal anxiety about their procedure and wish to remain awake and aware during surgery, we can provide local anesthesia. By injecting a nerve-blocking agent into the treatment area, we will be able to stop the sensation of pain for a controlled period of time. Local sedation remains a popular option for patients because there are no preparatory requirements or fasting involved. It is also a suitable form of sedation for pregnant patients who require dental work.
"Laughing gas," also known as nitrous oxide, is a minimally invasive, highly effective form of sedation. Used in conjunction with local sedation, it can help you feel relaxed during the length of your procedure. Nitrous oxide is safe and highly effective, allowing you to feel calm and giddy almost immediately upon inhaling. Dr. Hopkin will fit a mask over your nose and allow the nitrous oxide to flow during your procedure. You will be able to hear him and respond to his requests throughout the treatment. The effects will wear off as soon as he removes the mask, making nitrous oxide a great sedation option for patients who do not want to take time off work to recover from anesthesia. Similar to local sedation, there is no prep or fasting involved.
We provide local sedation, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation that can help you achieve a twilight-sleep or full loss of consciousness.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
If you have severe anxiety about undergoing your oral surgery, we can discuss your IV sedation options with you prior to your procedure. IV sedation is more invasive than other sedation methods, requiring Dr. Hopkin to insert a needle into the back of your hand or a vein on your arm.
- IV conscious sedation: For patients who want to feel completely relaxed but do not mind staying awake during the procedure, we can achieve a safe level of conscious sedation.
- IV general anesthesia: If you are anxious about your treatment or have trouble staying still in the dentist chair, we may recommend IV general anesthesia. Patients who undergo general anesthesia will be completely asleep during their procedure.
To ensure that your IV sedation is effective, we recommend fasting and other preparatory techniques. Some patients experience grogginess and lightheadedness following IV sedation, and we will require you to have a trusted friend who can help you home after your procedure. If you are diabetic or taking medication such as insulin, you should make this known to Dr. Hopkin so he can provide instructions on how to handle medication the day of your surgery.
Call Our Office
Dr. Hopkin is committed to providing the care you need in a comfortable setting. Your level of sedation will be entirely based on your needs and the complexity of your procedure. To learn more about our sedation options, call our office at (801) 277-3942 or contact us online.