WHAT IS SEDATION DENTISTRY? Sedation dentistry, or sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, is used to calm and reduce any anxiety associated with dental treatment. Dr. Caffaratti offers three onsite sedation options, should you need them. These include Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation, and Conscious IV Sedation. Dr. Caffaratti and all team members who work with you are CPR certified and use as necessary; pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, and heart rate monitors to ensure you are in excellent care throughout your dental appointment. Nitrous Oxide Nitrous oxide with oxygen is a safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a patient’s fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication. Additionally, it works well with patients whose gag reflex may impede with dental treatment. Oral Sedation Anti-anxiety medications are used to calm a patient’s fear of dental treatment. These prescription medications are given to the patient and are taken before a dental visit. Conscious IV Sedation Conscious IV sedation has occasionally been dubbed “sleep dentistry,” however this term is misleading. In actual fact, you do not sleep during the procedure, but because of the effects produced by the sedative medications, you may feel sleepy. IV sedation enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel relaxed and likely won’t remember much about your treatment. The use of general anesthesia is not considered sedation dentistry. One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it may have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as wisdom teeth extractions, implant procedures, or extensive restoration procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments. Contact our Sparks, Nevada Dental Office of Dr. Caffaratti to schedule your consultation with our friendly and knowledgeable team of smile experts.