For millions of people, dental offices are a major source of anxiety, especially for those who had bad experiences in the past. At Creating Smiles, PC, we’re hoping to change that. Our goal is to dispel anxiety in as many patients as possible with the help of sedation dentistry, available in St. John and Valparaiso. Our warm, personable team is here to listen to your concerns and provide solutions to make your experience a relaxing one. But if a little extra help is needed to ease your worries, we’re happy to provide sedation dentistry.
Our sedation options are:
- Available for every dental procedure
- Gentle enough to be safe for children, and strong enough to be effective in adults
Additionally, we’re partnered with licensed anesthesiologists to ensure that our sedation dentistry options and protocols are the safest possible for all our patients.
Types of Sedation We Offer
Sedation doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to put you to sleep. In most cases, our patients can remain awake throughout their procedure, but in a more relaxed state. We recognize that everyone is going to have a different threshold and will thus require a different level of sedation. For all the options we have, each offers a mild, moderate, and deep level of sedation.
Our options for sedation dentistry in St. John and Valparaiso include:
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is one of the milder forms of sedation we offer. It’s effective for helping our patients stay relaxed throughout their dental exams and cleanings, and is gentle enough to be used in small children. When inhaled, nitrous oxide lightens one’s mood and induces a sense of contentment and well-being.
IV sedation is often recommended for individuals who suffer from more severe anxiety and require a deeper sedative. In this case, the sedative is injected straight into the bloodstream. Throughout the appointment, we can adjust your sedation level as needed to maintain your comfort. In addition to helping patients with severe anxiety, we can also provide IV sedation for children with special needs. In these situations, a licensed anesthesiologist will administer the sedative to ensure the patient’s health and safety.
For patients with a fear of needles, we can offer oral conscious sedation. This is a pill that you take while at home, on the day of your procedure. Once you arrive at our office, the sedative should already be in effect, and if needed, we can administer another pill. Oral conscious sedation can be strong, so we require that you have a family member or friend bring you in for your appointment and drive you home after.