Fear and anxiety keep many from scheduling regular visits with their dentist. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, a painful medical condition like arthritis, or dental phobia, consider sedation. At Shreveport Bossier Family Dental Care we are committed to our patients’ total comfort and relaxation. We offer sedation dentistry options, including intravenous (IV) sedation, to our patients in Shreveport, Bossier City, and surrounding communities.
IV sedation delivers medication through a vein in the hand or arm. This type of sedation is fast-acting and has amnesiac qualities, meaning patients usually do not remember their time in the dental chair. Our dentists work closely with Dental Anesthesia Services of LA, LLC, a group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) that are licensed to safely sedate and monitor our patients throughout treatment. Schedule a consultation with us today or visit their website at dentalanesthesiaservices.com to learn more.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas,” is quick, easy, and involves no needles or injections. If you choose to undergo this type of sedation you will be instructed to inhale a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a comfortable face mask. You will feel calm and relaxed in just 3-5 minutes of inhalation. This sedation method is mild and very safe, with virtually no side effects. Patients return to full alertness within minutes, allowing them to safely drive and go back to work without any type of “hangover” effect.
Pain Management After Treatment
We take great pride in providing meticulous care for our patients before, during, and after your treatment. After you leave our office, you will be given all the necessary tools for successful pain management. Patients who have undergone more intensive procedures like a root canal, implant surgery, or extraction will often need to take anti-inflammatory and prescription pain medications. Please contact us today to learn more about our pain managements plans and available sedation options.
Anesthesia During Treatment
Our entire staff is focused on creating a pleasant, enjoyable experience for each of our patients. Whether you visit our office for a simple cleaning or surgical procedure, we have a variety of local and topical anesthetics that ensure your comfort. Topical anesthetics are applied directly to the treatment area, resulting in temporary numbness. After the injection site has been sufficiently numbed, local anesthetics can be injected into tissue inside the mouth, like the gums, resulting in numbness for one to two hours.