sedation dentistry in overland park

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Sedation can help with dental anxiety.

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What to expect from Sedation dentistry

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Before your procedure

Before you can be sedated, you’ll need to meet with Dr. Kory Kirkegaard to discuss your health and medications/supplements you’re taking. This will ensure that you can be safely sedated during your appointment in Overland Park.

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During your treatment

Depending on the type of sedation you choose, you will take a pill about an hour before your treatment, or you will breathe nitrous oxide (laughing gas) through a nose mask. This will help you relax during your appointment.

Aftercare & Recovery

Recovery is different depending on your method of sedation. You can drive home immediately after your appointment with nitrous oxide, but you need someone to take care of you and drive you home if you choose oral conscious sedation, as its after-effects last a lot longer. Dr. Kirkegaard will give you further instructions on how to heal and recover after your appointment.

Sedation Dentistry options

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nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, also called “minimal inhaled sedation” or “laughing gas,” uses nitrous oxide to help you relax, to ensure you feel comfortable, and to prevent pain. 

The gas is delivered through a comfortable nose mask, with no pills or needles needed. Just breathe in through your nose, and you’ll be able to rest and relax. This type of sedation can be used for pretty much any treatment, ranging from a filling to dental implants, depending on patient preferences.

It has a lot of great benefits, too. It helps you feel safe and comfortable while allowing you to remain responsive to commands and fully conscious. It wears off after only about 5 minutes, too, so the after-effects are limited and you can drive yourself home or even go back to school or work after your treatment.

oral conscious sedation

Dr. Kirkegaard primarily uses nitrous oxide at our office, but oral conscious sedation may be a better choice for some patients. Oral conscious sedation uses a pill that helps treat anxiety and keeps you feeling comfortable throughout your treatment, such as Valium or Halcion. 

With this type of sedation, you may feel groggy, fall asleep during your procedure, and forget most of what happens throughout your appointment.

This makes oral conscious sedation ideal for more invasive surgeries like tooth extractions, or for patients who are very nervous or scared of the dentist. You’ll be able to rest and relax more easily, and get through your procedure with no pain or discomfort. That’s the main benefit of oral conscious sedation over nitrous oxide, which does not sedate you as deeply. 

However, it is important to note that its side effects can last 4-6 hours, due to the deeper level of sedation used in oral conscious sedation treatment. You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or go back to work after you are sedated with oral conscious sedation. You will need to go home and relax for the rest of the day, so plan accordingly. If you have any questions call or don't hesitate to stop by our office located at 7550 W 160th Street, Overland Park, KS 66085.

Did you know…

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About 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and nearly 40 million Americans have lost all their teeth.

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Have questions about implant dentistry? Find answers here.

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Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you’re interested in dental implants as an option to replace your missing teeth, the first step is to get a consultation from your dentist. They’ll be able to examine your mouth and determine the state of your oral health, the health of your jaw and gums, and whether implants are right for you. They can also help guide you on alternative treatment options if you are not a good candidate for dental implants.

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How are dental implants made?

A dental implant is made of two parts: a small, screw-shaped piece of titanium called the post, and the restoration, which is usually a dental crown and abutment. Posts are manufactured in a variety of pre-selected sizes to ensure each patient gets the right implant for their needs. In contrast, the restoration is completely custom-made. After your dentist places your dental implant, they will take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.

There, a technician will create a long-lasting, durable dental implant restoration out of porcelain or another high-quality material. This restoration will be sent back to our office, and it will be attached to your dental implant, completing your implant procedure.

How long do dental implants last?

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Dental implants typically last up to 30 years or more with proper placement and care. In fact, it’s very common for patients to keep their implants for the rest of their lives.

However, the dental implant restoration, such as a dental crown or set of overdentures, usually will not last this long. Your restoration is exposed to regular wear and tear from chewing, biting, and more, and may need to be replaced a few times over the years.

Can dental implants get infected?

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It is possible for dental implants to become infected. This is known as “peri-implantitis.” However, this is a very rare complication, and it typically only occurs if the implant is not cared for and kept clean after surgery.

You can avoid peri-implantitis by following your dentist’s instructions while recovering, and by brushing and flossing regularly after your implant has healed.

Will dental implants stop bone loss?

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Yes. Bone loss occurs when your jaw bone is no longer stimulated by the natural pressure of chewing and biting. Your tooth transmits this force through the root and into your jaw bone, which keeps your jaw bone healthy.

When you lose a tooth, this process stops, and the jaw bone tends to weaken. Since the post of the dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone and acts as a tooth root, it restimulates your jaw bone by transmitting the force of chewing and biting once again.

Can dental implants be done in one day?

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Some types of dental implant systems can be done in one day. The restoration is usually temporary until you have fully healed from your dental implant placement surgery. This solution allows you to speak and eat normally, however, the restoration is temporary.

As your mouth heals, you’ll attend appointments at your doctor’s office where impressions will be taken. These impressions will guide the manufacturing of your restoration. This permanent restoration will be a more durable, long-lasting, and natural-looking prosthetic than your temporaries.

Did you know…

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Dental implants are the only restorative option that preserves and stimulates your natural bone structure.

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