Sedation Dentistry

Dr. James Gunelson offers sedation dentistry to help any of our patients who may feel nervous or anxious about their visits to the dentist. Our caring team will help you feel comfortable and relaxed so your visit to Stanley Hometown Dentistry LLC will be as stress free as possible. Call us today at 715-644-3601 to learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry in Stanley, Wisconsin.

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful choice for patients who feel anxious or nervous about their dental treatment. Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help you feel more relaxed during your visit. There are several types of sedation dentistry available based on your individual needs and preferences:

  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): This is a sedative gas that is mixed with oxygen. You simply inhale the gas during your treatment to help you feel more relaxed. Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that wears off within just a few minutes after we stop the flow of gas.
  • IV Sedation: This involves administering the medication intravenously (through the veins). This type of sedation enables our dentist to provide the sedation more quickly, and we can also easily control the level of sedation to ensure that you stay comfortable. IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation, meaning that it will not make you unconscious, but you may feel so relaxed that you fall asleep during your treatment. You may also not remember all of the details of your visit.
  • Conscious Sedation: At your initial consultation, where the entire process is explained, we will review your medical history and take baseline readings of your blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation level. We also will review pre-op and post-op instructions then schedule your conscious sedation dental work. Please bring all of your medications, or a list of your medication and dosages to your consultation. At your appointment, you will be drowsy and unaware of the passage of time. Our specially-trained team will monitor you throughout the procedure. Your vital signs, such as your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen are fully monitored until your appointment is over. When you awake, you will be done with your dental work and feel relaxed and comfortable. And best of all, in most cases, you will not remember the treatment. You will experience a special understanding and sensitivity towards your needs. Many patients who are treated with conscious sedation frequently say they do not even remember the procedure. To ensure patient safety, we do not offer oral sedation with nitrous oxide.

Sedation dentistry will help you feel more comfortable during your treatment. Our experienced dentist and dental team will ensure that your entire treatment is safe. Each member of our team is highly trained, and we will carefully monitor you during your visit. If you have chosen oral or IV sedation, please be sure to have a friend or family member available to drive you to and from your appointment.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, have had negative experiences at the dentist in the past, or simply feel nervous about your treatment, sedation dentistry can help you feel more at ease. Sedation dentistry is also a good choice for patients who have difficulty getting numb or who have an extremely sensitive gag reflex.

For more information on sedation dentistry and how it can make your dental experience more pleasant, we welcome you to contact us today.