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Sedation Dentistry

Many patients have had traumatic experiences in dentistry or have other anxieties about their treatment. At Pahls Family Dentistry, Dr. Brent Pahls and Dr. Herman Pahls strive to meet your individual comfort needs. For our patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry may be the answer. We offer both nitrous oxide, oral sedation and moderate IV Sedation as options for our patients.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that will help you relax. It is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas", is one option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. The doctors or one of our hygienist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide.

You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. You are able to drive to and from an appointment. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you at your next appointment.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry allows Dr. Brent Pahls and Dr. Herman Pahls to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear.

With sedation, your dentist can work more effectively by helping you become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven methods. There are a variety of sedation medications that are taken orally or "sublingually" (under the tongue). All sedation medicines are administered at our offices, under the care of the doctor.

This type of dental care does require that you have a driver to bring you home from your appointment, as it takes several hours for the medication to completely wear off. For more information about oral sedation at Pahls Family Dentistry, please contact our office today!

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV Sedation is similar to Oral Sedation, but the medicine is administered via IV and can be more easily regulated for each patient's anxiety and sedation level. Patients that use IV Sedation are often asleep during the entire appointment, but will not be in as deep a sedation state as with General Anesthesia. This form of sedation is the most effective for patients with high anxiety. Dr. Brent and staff have trained specifically to be able to offer IV Sedation to our patients. Please contact our office to find out more about this fantastic sedation option.




Pahls Family Dentistry
346 N. Central St.
Coquille, OR. 97423
(541) 396-2242

 

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