Dr. Dennis Goehring has been offering Sedation Dentistry in Austin and South Austin for over 15 years. Over the years, Sedation Dentistry has become more and popular as it has become more affordable. It also gives the patient the option to get all their work done at once instead of small increments. If you don’t like to come to the dentist or are phobic, Sedation Dentistry is the way to go. By offering many options to our patients we can allow for almost any situation. We offer, Deep Sedation, IV Conscious Sedation, Oral Sedation and Nitrous Oxide Conscious Sedation.
What’s the difference between sedation options?
or starters, Deep Sedation is distributed via IV and by our on staff Anesthesiologists, Dr. Noster. Dr. Noster has been working with us since 2009. He not only maintains and distributes our Deep Sedation but he also monitors and gives suggestions where needed. By electing Deep Sedation, you will be put in a deep sleep that requires different sedatives than IV Conscious Sedation. In most cases Deep Sedation from the traditional sense is not necessary for dental treatment. We can maintain your sedation level so you will be have the ability to breathe on your own. However, in rare cases, some patients require a deeper sedation that requires us to maintain their airway. As mentioned these situations and demand are rare. Even though in most instances we try to keep the sedation deeper than IV Conscious Sedation we also try to keep it lighter than normal General Anesthesia used for out patient care. Note: Deep Sedation requires a patient to be driven to their dental appointment 30 minutes prior to their appointment, and will need someone to take them home post procedure. #DeepSedationInSouthAustin #SouthAustinSedationDentistry
IV Conscious Sedation
IV Conscious Sedation (IVCS) is our most commonly used sedation method for most of our patients. IVCS is typically used for a large range of dental procedures such as, Wisdom Teeth Removal, Root Canal Therapy, Full Mouth Reconstruction, Multiple Fillings or Crowns, Deep Cleanings, High Functioning Special Needs Dentistry, severe gag reflexes, inability to open mouth, just to name a few. IVCS is safe, reversible, effective, and affordable. We use state of the art IV pumps, IV materials and hospital monitors to monitor and distribute sedation securely, safely and effectively. IVCS allows our patients to breath on their own and are fully conscious and responsive during treatment. Our staff is highly trained and well versed in IVCS procedures and standards. Note: IV Conscious Sedation requires a patient to be driven to their dental appointment 30 minutes prior to their appointment, and will need someone to take them home post procedure.
Oral Sedation is the most affordable option but the most unpredictable out of all the sedation options. The reason why we say unpredictable is because it is an oral sedation and we have no control over how each individual will react to the medication, as it is oral and not distributed through an IV, sometimes it can take multiple doses or more time to become sedation. Although, this is a smaller percentage, it is always good to be clear about what our goal is and the differences between all our sedation options and what will work best for you. Note: Oral Sedation requires a patient to be driven to their dental appointment 30 minutes prior to their appointment, and will need someone to take them home post procedure.
Nitrous Oxide – Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous Oxide is the most common and easiest form of sedation but the least effective from an sedative standpoint. Nitrous Oxide is an inhalation conscious sedation that is in odorless, colorless gas which is distributed with the mixture of Oxygen as a conscious sedation option. The patient will feel a “buzz” almost as if they’ve had a couple of cocktails. Nitrous has a calming affect that takes the nervous edge off the patient. It does not require a person to be driven to their appointment, furthermore after the procedure is completed we place the patient on pure oxygen for 7-8 minutes and the Nitrous Oxide is completely removed from the body by using this technique. The patient is free to drive after their appointment and can function normally.
Regardless of your sedation choice, we will always place local anesthetic. These sedation do not replace the injection of local anesthetic for all dental work.