Enjoy Relaxed Care with Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Danny O’Keefe offers sedation dentistry options at his Jackson, MS, practice. Sedation helps anxious patients remain relaxed and comfortable under our care. It can also benefit patients in need of an extensive dental treatment. At our practice, sedation is administered by a credentialed anesthesiologist to ensure your absolute safety. To learn more about sedation dentistry, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Keefe, please contact our dental practice today.
Types of Sedation
We have one of the most comprehensive sedation dentistry programs in Mississippi. After a consultation, we can determine which type of sedation is right for you:
- Nitrous oxide is a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen that patients inhale through a mask. It usually takes effect in minutes, and will keep you relaxed in a state of near-sleep throughout your procedure. Once Dr. O’Keefe completes your treatment, the flow of nitrous oxide will stop, and the effects will subside quickly, so you can safely drive yourself home following your procedure.
- Oral conscious sedation involves taking oral medication one to three hours before your procedure, which will keep you calm, yet conscious, throughout treatment. Most patients do not remember the procedure afterward. Oral conscious sedation will make you feel groggy or disoriented, so you will need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment. You should be able to return to work and normal activity the day after treatment.
- Intravenous (IV) sedation is administered through a small needle placed in your arm. Since it enters your bloodstream directly, it will take effect quickly, and the anesthesiologist can adjust the amount of sedation throughout treatment to keep you comfortable. Under IV sedation, you will be awake enough to respond to Dr. O’Keefe’s requests, but you will be very relaxed and likely have no recollection of the procedure when the medication wears off. As with oral conscious sedation, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office, and you should plan on taking the entire day off of work.
- General anesthesia is typically reserved for lengthy or complex procedures. Your anesthesiologist will administer this medication intravenously. Unlike the other forms of sedation we offer, you will not remain conscious during your procedure. You will most likely feel very tired and groggy upon waking, so you will need to be driven to and from your appointment. You may need up to 24 hours for the effects of general anesthesia to fully subside.
During treatment using sedation, our anesthesiologists will observe your vital signs throughout your procedure to ensure that you are receiving the proper dosage to keep you both comfortable and safe.
Experience Relaxed, Comfortable Dental Treatment
Your comfort matters to us, and we are glad to accommodate your needs. Sedation dentistry can help you feel calm and relaxed through all types of dental treatment. Contact our practice today to learn more about our treatment options, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. O’Keefe.