Dr. Ilya Livshin and his dedicated Norwood, MA dentistry team are passionate about helping phobic or anxious patients get the dental care they want and need completely free from pain, stress, and fear. We start by treating the patient and their anxiety before ever beginning a dental procedure. We will take the time to talk to you about your phobia or anxiety in order to help our team determine how best to provide safe, effective dentistry services while minimizing your discomfort. We are happy to go the extra mile to make sure every patient we treat is completely comfortable in our office, and that includes providing a wider range of sedation dentistry services. In many cases, using sedatives for one or more appointments early on, can help relieve anxiety during future visits. If you’d like to find out more about dental sedation, read our frequently asked questions below and don’t hesitate to call our team to find out more today.
What is Dental Sedation?
Sedation allows you to relax and diminishes sensation so treatments are more comfortable. These services are sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, but this is usually a misnomer. While under the effects of dental sedation, you will remain capable of answering questions and moving, but you will feel more at ease and experience less discomfort. We do offer general anesthesia for those patients in need of more advanced relaxation. Thanks to Dr. Livshin’s years of training and experience offering dental sedation, he promises patients receive safe, effective sedation in our office. Additionally, our dentist and team are all trained to monitor your vital signs, and offer emergency intervention, if necessary for your safety.
What Types of Sedation do You Offer?
Our team is proud to offer all levels of sedation and anesthesia to ensure patients are completely comfortable throughout even the most complex dental procedures. We work with Dr. Patrick McCarty, a board certified anesthesiologist to provide even the most advanced forms of sedation in complete safety. Dr. McCarty is certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and that National Dental Board of Anesthesiology. He also works with the Franciscan Hospital for Children, serves as a clinical assistant professor at the Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine Department of pediatric dentistry and as a visiting instructor at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our sedation options include:
- Local Anesthesia – Used as part of almost any treatment, even those that are only minimally invasive, local anesthesia numbs the mouth, so patients do not feel pain associated with treatment. We typically begin by applying a small amount of numbing gel to the soft tissue. Then, we inject additional anesthetic into the already numbed area, so you do not even feel discomfort during the injection. Depending on the treatment you need, local anesthesia may remain in effect for just a few minutes or several hours due to the dose you’ll receive.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) – Still one of the most popular forms of sedation, nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose during dental treatments. Initially, you’ll be inhaling pure oxygen, and gradually, we’ll introduce larger amounts of nitrous to achieve the optimal level of sedation. The effects of nitrous oxide are very fast acting, so you’ll begin to feel more relaxed right away. Patients report experiencing warmth, light-headedness, and even giddiness or euphoria that earned nitrous oxide the nickname laughing gas. We can quickly and easily adjust the dosage at any point throughout your treatment for optimal comfort. Best of all, you’ll leave our office feeling completely clear head, since the effects of nitrous oxide wear away as quickly as they set in.
- Oral conscious sedation – Patients who experience high levels of anxiety may prefer oral conscious sedation. Before you ever leave the comfort of home, you’ll take a prescribed sedative medication that will make you feel completely relaxed. While you’ll stay alert enough to respond to questions, you will be completely at ease and free from pain. For some patients, the best part of oral conscious sedation is that they won’t remember their visit the next day. Due to the advanced level of sedation that lasts for hours, patients will need to be accompanied to and from the office by a friend or family, and should not plan to resume their daily activities for at least 24 hours following their initial dose.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation and General anesthesia – Our skilled anesthesiologist, Dr. McCarty administers IV sedation and general anesthesia. The only form of true sleep dentistry, general anesthesia is also administered via IV, and it will render the patient completely unconscious throughout treatment. With this form of sedation / anesthesia, we’re able to adjust the level of sedation quickly and easily to ensure you remain completely comfortable.
Is Dental Sedation Safe?
We work with a certified dental anesthesiologist to ensure every patient is safe while undergoing any level of sedation. To make sure you’re safe, we’ll begin with a complete review of your medical and dental history. If you or a family member experience complications when under the effects of sedation, we will customize your treatment plan accordingly. Additionally, we’ll need to know about any current health concerns, medications, or pregnancy.
Who Should Consider Dental Sedation?
- Those with dental phobia or anxiety
- Those who have difficulty becoming numb with local anesthesia alone
- Those who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex
- Those in need of multiple or complex procedures may be able to more comfortably complete all of their necessary treatments
If I Want to Use Dental Sedation, What Comes Next?
We’ll begin with a non-treatment consultation visit. During this appointment, Dr. Livshin will talk to you about your treatment and sedation options, review your medical history, and answer your questions. Once we find the best solution for you, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan you’ll feel completely comfortable with.