Sedation Options

We offer a comprehensive range of sedation services in our office including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), moderate oral sedation, in office Total Intravenous Anesthesia and those medically complex requiring General Anesthesia may be seen in the hospital setting.

NITROUS OXIDE

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is simply a gas mixed with oxygen which you can breathe in. Nitrous Oxide Gas is for those who experience a low level of fear or anxiety associated with the dentist, and still need help calming worries. Patients who use nitrous oxide gas for their sedation dentistry remain aware of their surroundings at all times throughout the procedure.

ORAL SEDATION

Most commonly, oral sedation (usually in the form of anti-anxiety pills) is prescribed for relieving anxiety in the hour immediately before a dental appointment. It will allow you to feel calmer and more relaxed after taking the medication. You shouldn’t drive or travel on your own after you’ve taken the doses, as you may become slightly disorientated.

TOTAL INTRAVENOUS ANESTHESIA

Total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA) allows you to sleep through your dental procedures without any awareness or recall.  A period of several hours feels like seconds, and you wake up feeling refreshed with minimal side effects.  Jennifer Frische Tanguay, CRNA will be beside you the entire time, monitoring you continuously, from the time you fall asleep until you are ready to go home.

To ensure the best quality and provide the safest in-office anesthesia experience, we use state of the art anesthesia equipment and monitors.  We also meet and exceed the quality metrics and safety standards that govern both hospital and ambulatory surgery center operating rooms.  The anesthetic medications we utilize allow for a quick wake up and return to pre-surgery orientation.

SEDATION LOCATIONS

In our office:

Nitrous Oxide – Performed in office at the time of the appointment. Our staff is trained in administering Nitrous Oxide, as well as monitoring your blood pressure and pulse at all times during the treatment.

Oral Sedation– Prescribed medication to be taken at home prior to coming to our office for treatment.

Total Intravenous Anesthesia – performed in the office by Jennifer Frische Tanguay, CRNA.  She uses state of the art anesthesia equipment and monitors.

General Anesthesia in the Hospital:

Some patients are best treated in the hospital setting, based upon their medical condition. Dr. Juarez holds credentials at Harrison Medical Center in order to use their operating rooms.