Safe, Effective Sedation Dentistry
At The Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center of Santa Fe, we are passionate about providing the best possible care for our patients. To ensure that you remain relaxed and comfortable during your procedure, we offer sedation dentistry at our Santa Fe, NM-area office, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. These options are all highly effective and the right one for you will depend on your particular goals and your upcoming treatment. As part of his training in oral surgery, Dr. Sean M. Healy completed a residency program in general anesthesiology, which enables him to safely handle any potential sedation complications.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is one of the most popular forms of sedation. Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas, which you will inhale through a mask throughout treatment. The gas will take effect quickly. As it enters your blood stream, you will feel deeply relaxed, and your limbs may start to tingle. In many cases, you will feel giggly or euphoric. Nitrous oxide wears off just as quickly. Therefore, you should be able to drive yourself home and return to work or other daily activities. Laughing gas is a popular choice for patients with mild anxiety and those undergoing less extensive procedures.
As part of his training as an oral surgeon, Dr. Healy completed a four-month residency in general anesthesia.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is another more conservative type of dental sedation. Dr. Healy will prescribe anti-anxiety medications, typically instructing you to take one dose at home and another dose when you come in for your treatment. Depending on the amount of sedation he prescribes, the medications may simply help you relax, or they could produce a twilight sleep. In this state, you will technically be awake, and you can answer questions from our staff. At the same time, however, you will not really be aware of what is going on. When the twilight sleep wears off, you will remember little or nothing about your dental procedure. Whatever the size of your dose, it will take several hours for the effects to wear off so you should arrange a ride to and from your appointment. Oral sedation can be a good option if you are feeling very nervous about your procedure, or if you are going to have a moderately complex surgery.
IV sedation is the deepest form of sedation that we offer. In fact, depending on the amount that you receive, the medications can put you to sleep completely. We will typically recommend IV sedation if you are preparing for a complex procedure or you suffer from a condition like arthritis or back pain.
IV sedation is very safe because Dr. Healy can monitor your heart rate and oxygen levels during your treatment. He can then adjust the level of medication throughout your surgery to ensure your complete comfort and safety. In fact, as part of his training as an oral surgeon, Dr. Healy completed a four-month residency in general anesthesia. Because he is certified in sedation dentistry, he also has advanced training in cardiac life support. Though complications from IV sedation are rare, Dr. Healy is ready to handle any emergency.
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“I was nervous... but Dr. Healy and his nurses put me at ease, and he even gave me a call the evening after surgery to make sure I was ok.” From a Google Review