Sedation Dentistry in Lafayette, LA

According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), about 30% of Americans are not getting the dental care they need because of fear and anxiety directed toward the dentist. Because patients who are anxious tend to put off visiting the dentist until something hurts, the treatment required to fix the problem is more involved, which creates more anxiety – and a vicious cycle.

At Drs. Smith and Domingue, we think it’s time to change this. Everyone deserves to have good oral health. If fear and anxiety have kept you from visiting the dentist, give us a call and find out about IV sedation dentistry.


Is IV Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Some patients need sedation for cleanings and other routine procedures while others are fine with cleanings but fear procedures like root canals and fillings. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, we can work with you to make sure that every appointment is comfortable and stress free.

The best way to decide if IV sedation dentistry will help you is to schedule a consultation with us before we decide on any necessary treatment. We are happy to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and talk to you about your options, which could include IV sedation.

What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry comes in a variety of forms. You’ve probably heard of nitrous oxide, which is sometimes called “laughing gas.” This is a mild sedative that is breathed in and produces a light euphoria while reducing the sensation of pain. The effects wear off as soon as the mask is removed.

Another type of sedation dentistry is oral sedation, in which you take an anti-anxiety medication by mouth shortly before your scheduled appointment. While the medication relaxes you and makes you feel calm, you also stay awake and alert throughout the appointment. You do, however, need someone to drive you home afterward since the effects can linger.

In IV sedation dentistry, the medication is administered intravenously. We can use a topical anesthetic if you like to make sure that you don’t feel a thing. You’ll notice the calming effects of the medication very quickly, and we can adjust your dose whenever we need to. While some of our patients do fall asleep, most stay awake during the procedure. You will feel no discomfort, and your procedure will seem to fly by.

The Benefits of IV Sedation Dentistry

We will discuss which level of sedation dentistry is right for you based on your level of fear and anxiety. All forms of sedation dentistry will relax you and allow you to get the dental care you need without any worries about pain or discomfort.

IV sedation dentistry has some specific benefits when compared to other forms of sedation dentistry, including:

  • Controlling any gag reflex
  • Allowing a longer, more involved procedure to be performed in one appointment
  • Flexibility and adjustability in dosing to customize your level of sedation
  • Very little memory of the actual procedure or the sensations of the dental office, which are often anxiety producing
  • Fast onset, especially when compared to oral sedation

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, please call our office today to schedule your consultation with Acadiana dentists Dr. Jerome Smith or Dr. Danny Domingue.