Sedation, Gum DiseasePatient comfort is of the highest priority for our patients during any periodontal procedure performed in our office. Through advanced training, Dr. Kip Saunders is certified to offer several types of sedation to make office visits as comfortable and anxiety free as possible.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly known as “laughing gas“, this medication, delivered through a tube resting over the nose, provides the patient with a type of sedation by breathing the gas. Once removed, the effects of the gas rapidly disappear.

Oral Sedatives

As the description implies, oral sedatives are taken by mouth to provide a measure of sedation. They are usually taken two hours before the appointment in order to allow time for them to work. It will be necessary to have a responsible adult provide transportation both to and from appointments following ingestion of this type of medication.

Intramuscular (IM)

An intramuscular (IM) medication is given by injection into a muscle (usually the upper arm). Onset is within minutes and can have durations of several hours. Once administered, the patient will need someone to care for them until the effects of the medication have worn off.

Intravenous Conscious Sedation

Intravenous medication is given through one of your veins. It is possibly the best method of controlling anxiety in the periodontal office. The level of sedation is deeper and more controlled than when using other forms such as nitrous oxide or oral sedatives. Conscious sedation is only administered by doctors who have had advanced training in this type of sedation such as periodontists.