If you are nervous about dental treatment or have difficulty sitting for long periods, sedation dentistry can help you undergo the procedures you need in total comfort. At Planes Dental Arts, we offer nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Alex Planes is certified by the state of Florida to provide safe, effective sedation. Our offices in Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, FL, are glad to provide this option so that you can relax in the dentist's chair and receive the care you need.
Sedation dentistry offers a wide range of benefits that can make your experience at our office more pleasant. Many patients who use sedation feel as if their procedures last only a few minutes, even if the treatment takes several hours to perform.
Sedation dentistry is a safe method of improving your comfort in the dentist’s chair and preventing dental anxiety from affecting your oral health.
Meanwhile, sedation allows Dr. Planes to perform more complex treatments in fewer visits. When patients are relaxed and calm, the work is much easier. Patients with dental anxiety are also more likely to keep up with their regular exams and cleanings if they have access to sedation, ensuring overall better oral health.
We understand that conditions such as arthritis can make it uncomfortable to sit for long periods. If you have trouble sitting comfortably for any reason, we can provide sedation.
At Planes Dental Arts, we offer three types of sedation. We will help you choose the right type of sedation prior to your treatment.
Nitrous oxide (widely known as laughing gas), provides mild sedation. We will place a mask over your nose and have you breathe a combination of nitrous and oxygen. This mixture produces calm, relaxed feelings.
Dr. Planes can easily control the amount of sedation you receive to ensure you remain comfortable throughout treatment. Nitrous oxide also wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home after your procedure.
With oral conscious sedation, Dr. Planes will provide you with a prescription medication in pill form. The medication will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, but you will remain able to respond to our instructions. Patients who use oral conscious sedation will need a ride to and from our office, and should plan to relax for the remainder of the day following treatment.
For more complex procedures, Dr. Planes may use an intravenous medication to achieve deeper levels of sedation. This type of sedation is administered directly into the bloodstream. The effects come on quickly and can be immediately adjusted at any point during treatment.
You will be deeply relaxed, but not unconscious. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange transportation to and from our office and plan to rest when you return home.
Don't let feelings of anxiety stand between you and the treatment you need. Dr. Planes is certified in providing sedation, and he can use these treatments to help you feel completely comfortable under our care. Meanwhile, if there is anything we can do to help you feel more comfortable as our patient, please let us know. To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you, contact our office online or call (772) 617-4540 today.