Sedation Options in St. John, IN

Dental anxiety is real, and you’re not alone. Plenty of patients feel nervous about getting the care they need. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options to keep your experience soothing, painless, and stress-free. With years of experience, Dr. Smythe's goal is to provide you with a comfortable and safe experience.

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Why should I choose sedation?

No one deserves to struggle with stress or pain during surgery. Fear of the unknown and anxiety from past experiences is common. We offer a wide range of sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable for a pain-free experience. These options range from local anesthesia, to nitrous oxide, to IV twilight sedation, to general anesthesia. During your consultation, you will get to discuss each option with your doctor and determine what is best for you.

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About 40% of Americans are affected by dental anxiety.

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Nitrous Oxide

Nervous about treatment, but want to avoid being deeply sedated? With nitrous oxide, you’ll experience a floaty, worry-free feeling that won’t leave you with side effects. Right after treatment, you can drive yourself home and get back to your day-to-day routine.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is delivered directly into your bloodstream via an IV, causing you to enter into a deeply relaxing state. Many patients fall asleep during their treatment with IV sedation. While you may forget your procedure, you can still be woken up and respond to commands.

General Anesthesia

For patients undergoing invasive procedures, we offer general anesthesia. General anesthesia is often administered in the office through the IV.  You will be unconscious and not feel or remember anything about your procedure.

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The Benefits of Proper Sedation

Seamless Procedures

Sedation relaxes the body and keeps you comfortable. Choking and gagging reflexes are inhibited during sedation. This allows your oral surgeon to complete a precise procedure efficiently and without any unexpected movements.

Training & Expertise

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely trained alongside anesthesiology residents in the hospital for months during their residency program. The oral surgery team model allows safe and effective anesthesia during your procedure. They are skilled in recognizing complications and medical emergencies, and prepared to respond to them efficiently for the best patient outcome.

Encourages Positive Outcomes

Sedation reduces your pain and stress during the procedure, ultimately giving you a better experience.

The Sedation Treatment Process

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Health & Treatment Evaluation

First, your oral surgeon will review your treatment plan to determine if sedation is a good option for your procedure. Your oral surgeon will then discuss your past health history and any current health problems that may affect your ability to be sedated with your chosen method.

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Address Needs & Concerns

Your oral surgeon will ask questions to determine your particular needs and concerns. How deeply do you wish to be sedated? What is making you anxious about your procedure? Do you have a low pain threshold? An honest conversation with your oral surgeon will determine which sedation options will be appropriate for you.

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Discuss Recommendations & Options

Next, your oral surgeon will outline your available sedation options and describe all side effects and instructions. With their recommendation and your input, we can help you choose the right option for your procedure.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Like most surgical fields, patients desire to be asleep for potentially painful or stressful surgical procedures. If you are anxious or nervous about your oral surgery procedure, sedation can help you feel more safe and comfortable. Oral surgeons have advanced training that other dentists do not, to allow for a deeper level of sedation. Sedation also minimizes pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions and dental implant placements.

This will be determined by the oral surgeon after a thorough review of your history and discussion with you. It is essential that you are forthcoming with your full history so we find the right method for you to treat you in the safest and most comfortable manner. Contact us to set up a consultation to discuss your options.

Absolutely. Our team is uniquely qualified and experienced in providing a variety of anesthesia options. While deeper methods of sedation like oral conscious sedation and IV sedation have more prolonged side effects compared to laughing gas, they are still very safe, and they have no serious risks to your health or well-being if you are a good candidate for sedation. Patient safety and comfort are our top priorities. Dr. Smythe has years of training and practical experience evaluating patients and administering anesthesia.  The options that are safe and appropriate for you will be discussed in detail so that you can make the decision that is right for you.

Each sedation option feels a little different, so it depends on the method you choose. Laughing gas will make you feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but you will be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. You will also feel less discomfort during treatment.

On the other hand, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation will usually make you feel groggy and “out of it”. You’ll probably fall asleep and forget most of your procedure. However, you will not be unconscious, and you can still be woken and respond to commands.

General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. You will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from your procedure.

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