Keep Calm With IV Sedation & Other Options

Relax, lie back, and enjoy your … dental care? It may sound a little strange at first, but it’s entirely possible with sedation dentistry at Ascension Premier Dental.

The members of our staff go above and beyond the call of duty to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible. When you visit our dentist office in Geismar, LA, you can count on personal and compassionate care from our team.

For one patient this may mean providing a blanket so they feel a little cozier in the dental chair. For another patient, this may mean administering IV sedation so he or she can get through an important restorative procedure.

If you have any questions about our comfort or sedation options, contact us online or by telephone.


Why We Offer IV Sedation?

You’ll find if you look around that not many dentists offer IV sedation as part of the sedation dentistry. Dr. Bessonet started that same way, but seven years ago, he made a decision to add IV sedation because he knew it would help our patients.

This wasn’t a hasty decision on his part. To offer IV sedation in Louisiana, a dentist must complete 60 hours of training and treat 20 clinical patients before this service can be offered in his or her practice.

Dr. Bessonet added IV sedation so he could help as many patients as possible. Since he has been a working dentist, he has noticed that many people avoid the dentist for years due to dental anxiety.

When they do return, it can difficult. Dental sedation generally and IV sedation, in particular, provide a means to give those patients the proper oral care they need and deserve.

But anxiety isn’t the only reason to consider IV sedation. If you are undergoing a more complicated procedure, IV sedation allows us to do the work more efficiently.

By keeping you in a state of conscious sedation, you won’t remember the specifics of your treatment, but you will be able to respond to requests (like turning your head one way or another) that will help Dr. Bessonet work more effectively on your behalf.

“IV sedation is something that we can offer patients to where we can pretty much guarantee that they’ll have a good experience,” Dr. Bessonet has said, “and they won’t remember even being at the office.”


Other Forms Of Dental Sedation

IV sedation is the strongest form of dental sedation that we offer.

It is a great option for individuals with severe dental anxiety or who are undergoing more complex procedures. But it may be more than what many patients want or need to benefit from the many services we offer at Ascension Premier Dental.

Patients with mild or moderate anxiety may be more interested in oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide.

✦ Oral conscious sedation — This is considered our mid-level sedation. It’s stronger than nitrous oxide, but not as strong as IV sedation.

To receive oral conscious sedation, all you have to do is take a pill. We will prescribe a dose of the medication, which you will take prior to your appointment. You must have a family member or friend bring you to the office and take you home since the effects can leave you feeling groggy for a few hours.

The benefit for you is that you will remain relaxed throughout your procedure. You won’t feel any pain. You won’t gag, and you are unlikely to remember any of the specifics of your treatment.

✦ Nitrous oxide sedation — This may be considered the original form of sedation dentistry. It has been used for more than 170 years by dentists. All you have to do is inhale the gas to feel its relaxing and pain-blocking effects.

As long as you breathe in the nitrous oxide, you will remain calm and pain-free. For people mild anxiety, this is a fast-acting and effective way to get the dental care that you need.

✦ Comfort options — Technically, this is not a form of sedation. However, these options can and does have the desired calming effects for many patients. The blanket that we mentioned earlier is just one example.

For other patients, wearing headphones or watching television provides the perfect distraction to help them get through their treatment.


How Can We Make Your Dental Care Easier?

Whether you are looking for an IV sedation dentist specifically or a family practice that can help you, your children, and your spouse, Ascension Premier Dental is here for you.

To learn more about the sedation and comfort options available at our dentist office in Geismar, LA, call 225-963-5548 or fill out our online form today.