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.

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Sedation is safe! 

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can I eat and drink before dental sedation? 

Usually, you will be required to avoid eating and drinking for at least 6 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. If you have a morning appointment, we recommend that you avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight.

This ensures that the sedative pills you take will have their intended effect, and helps ensure predictable results. If Dr. Kory Kirkegaard says you cannot eat or drink before sedation, follow these instructions.

Once your procedure is over, you can usually eat and drink right away, and it’s likely that you will be quite hungry, since you will have skipped a meal or two before your appointment. However, we do recommend that you be careful about eating after sedation.

This is because local numbing, when combined with sedation, can cause you to chew on your tongue, lips, or cheeks when you eat solid food. This can cause a lot of pain, discomfort, and even bleeding in severe cases.

Because of this, we recommend that you wait about an hour to eat after oral conscious sedation. We also recommend only eating soft foods like yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, and other such foods that require little-to-no chewing.

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how long does sedation take to wear off? 

This depends on your gender, weight, your metabolism, and a few other factors. However, as a rule of thumb, you should expect the effects of oral conscious sedation to last up to 4 hours after your procedure.

These effects can include impaired judgment, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness and sleepiness, and more. During this time, you absolutely cannot operate a vehicle or any type of heavy machinery.

Because of this, you must bring a responsible adult with you to our office, such as a friend or family member, into whose care we can release you after your treatment. 

This person must drive you home, and should stay with you for at least 4 hours until the effects of sedation wear off. In fact, the lingering effects of sedation could last up to 24 hours or longer, in some cases.

Naturally, this also means you should not expect to be able to immediately go back to work, school, or your day-to-day routine after your appointment. Plan accordingly, and give yourself time to rest, relax, and recover from the effects of oral conscious sedation at The Art of Dentistry. 

will i feel any pain during sedation?

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No. Due to the combination of local numbing and oral sedation, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure. 

Local numbing prevents the nerves near the treatment site from sending pain signals to your brain, and oral sedation helps elevate your pain threshold, and prevents feelings of fear, nervousness, and anxiety during your treatment.

In fact, you may even fall asleep during your procedure and forget most of what happened during your appointment at The Art of Dentistry. So if you’re nervous about an upcoming appointment like a root canal or a dental implant because you’re worried about pain, don’t be. Dr. Kirkegaard can provide you with sedation to make sure you stay comfortable.

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