Sedation Dentistry in Boise ID

Do you find yourself avoiding the dentist because of a bad past experience or fear of pain?

We know that dental visits can be difficult or even scary for many people.

At Atlantis Dental Care, our goal is to help you feel calm and comfortable every time you visit. The easier we make it for you to receive dental care, the more likely you will be to make and keep regular appointments.

Our first and foremost approach to any sedation case is to make sure your questions are answered completely, and you are happy with your treatment choice provided in a relaxed and caring environment. That is enough for many patients, but some individuals may want more relaxation.

Sedation dentistry at our Boise, ID dental office involves using different types of sedatives to help you relax. You never have to worry that a dental procedure will hurt because we always make sure the area to be treated is completely numb before we begin. But it can also be comforting to know that we have options for helping you remain relaxed throughout your procedure.

We encourage our Boise patients informing us of any fears or concerns when scheduling a dental appointment. Dr. Cantwell will work closely with you to make sure you are never uncomfortable or stressed.

Fear of dental visits can compromise your oral health, which can ultimately lead to infection, tooth decay, and tooth loss.

What Is Dental Anxiety?

It’s entirely reasonable to feel anxious about an invasive dental procedure. Dental anxiety can be more intense and can involve fear before any dental visit. Boise patients who suffer from dental anxiety tend to avoid the dentist altogether, which can have serious oral health consequences, including: :

  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Tooth root infection
  • Constant tooth pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Serious oral health complications

You may have dental anxiety if you experience any of the following before visiting the dentist:

  • Sweating
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Loss of sleep the night before a dental visit

If you are suffering from mild or severe dental anxiety, we have many sedation dentistry options that can help you. Dr. Cantwell prioritizes the comfort and safety of each patient, which is why we work with each patient through their anxiety.

We don’t want any Boise patients compromising their oral health due to fear or phobia of the dentist.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry utilizes medications to allow patients to feel relaxed and comfortable before and during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry can help patients undergo oral health procedures without tensing up, which enables Dr. Cantwell the ability to work without restraints. Depending on the sedation used, our Boise patients are typically awake throughout the process except for those who are under general anesthesia.

Levels of sedation are:

Minimal sedation—You are awake but comfortable and not tense. Usually, nitrous oxide is used at this level, which is a gas that helps patients relax. Dr. Cantwell controls the amount of nitrous oxide you inhale, and the gas wears off within minutes. Boise patients can drive home after the procedure.

Moderate sedation—You may not remember much of the procedure. Dr. Cantwell may advise oral sedation, which is typically a pill that can make you drowsy yet awake. Some Boise patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but they can be awakened with a gentle touch.

Deep sedation—You are still awake but can fall asleep easily. Dr. Cantwell can adjust the level of sedation you receive. During deep sedation, patients do not awake easily. A designated driver is recommended after deep sedation to ensure patient safety.

General anesthesia—You are entirely unconscious. Patients will need a designated driver following general anesthesia to ensure complete safety. 

Dr. Cantwell will typically apply a local anesthetic to numb the site before the procedure, regardless of the type of sedation dentistry used. At Atlantis Dental Care, we guarantee pain-free and stress-free dental procedures, so you will never feel any discomfort or anxiety.

What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Many people know nitrous oxide as “laughing gas.” While it does help you become relaxed and a little dreamy, it won’t actually make you laugh uncontrollably because we carefully monitor how much you are receiving. You simply sit back and breathe normally while a small cover on your nose delivers oxygen and just the right amount of gas to calm you and make the time go by quickly.

Most of our patients say the appointment seemed to go by twice as fast. You’ll be aware of what’s happening around you. When we know you’re calm and comfortable, we can work most efficiently, meaning you need to spend less time in the dental chair!

One of the great things about nitrous oxide sedation in Boise, ID is that the effects wear off quickly after treatment. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment and go on with your day as usual. Please let our warm and welcoming dental staff know if you are feeling anxious or nervous prior to a dental visit. We work hard to create a comfortable and relaxing dental environment.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

Another very effective way to help you relax is through oral conscious sedation. Sometimes incorrectly called "sleep dentistry," you actually remain awake during the entire procedure, but your surroundings will seem to fade away.

This simply means that Dr. Cantwell will prescribe a sedative for you to take about an hour before you arrive at our office for your appointment. The sedative will start working, and by the time you get to our dental office, you will be nice and calm. The sedative works to help you relax, but it will not make you unconscious.

While most patients will sleep comfortably through the appointment, they can wake at any time desired. As with nitrous oxide, you will be alert enough to respond to the doctor and the dental team, and you breathe normally without assistance during the entire appointment.

Please note that if you choose oral sedation, you will need a driver to get you to and from your appointment. Your comfort is important to us, and so is your complete safety. You can be confident that you are in good hands as Dr. Cantwell is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) and understands how to make your dental experience comfortable. He is also licensed to use both nitrous oxide and oral sedation.

Learn More about Sedation Dentistry

It’s essential to receive regular dental care to prevent more severe problems from developing later; but if you’ve ever put off a necessary dental appointment because of fear, you know how real that feeling of anxiety is.

At Atlantis Dental Care, we completely respect and understand your feelings, and we’re here to help. You will never be judged in our dental office! If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and the difference it can make to your oral health, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and arrange your next appointment.