sedation dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Pauly is a certified oral sedation dentist in Wichita, KS.

At Pauly Dental in Wichita, Kansas, we strive to make all dental appointments comfortable to each and every patient we see. By offering sedation dentistry at our Wichita, KS dental practice, Dr. Terra Pauly and our team can take care of patients who would normally never go to the dentist due to fear.

Sedation dentistry is accomplished by creating a relaxed, comfortable, and safe experience for the patient, resulting in little or no memory of the appointment and little to no anxiety. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • Uncontrolled fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A difficult time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A difficult time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
  • A strong gag reflex

Benefits of Sedation

Patients who are fearful or phobic of undergoing dental treatment have the ability to get their dental work done at our Wichita, KS dental office while being able to relax and be anxiety free. Longer appointments seem shorter due to the medications given. Most if not all the patient’s dental work can be done in one appointment. By reducing fears, patients are more likely to come in for routine preventive care once they realize how easy dental treatment can be with sedation.

Types of Sedation

Nitrous Oxide – Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that induces a euphoric state. The patient is still fully conscious but will be very calm and relaxed. Once the patient begins breathing regular air, the effect wear off almost immediately.

Anxiolysis/Conscious Oral Sedation – With the use of an oral sedative, a light to moderate state of sedation is achieved. The patient is awake and breathing but has decreased anxiety during the procedure and will not remember the appointment.

IV Sedation – With a group of nurse anesthetists, our practice offers a deeper level of sedation for dental appointments. They provide hospital-level quality of care when it comes to administering IV sedation and monitoring patient vitals.

For both anxiolysis/conscious oral sedation and IV sedation, it is recommended that patients have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving is unsafe.

Almost all healthy adults with no uncontrolled medical issues can undergo sedation dentistry. To learn more about your options, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pauly, contact our Wichita dental office!

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