At Dayley Family Dental, we know how scary it can sometimes be to have your dental work done. That is why Dr. Blake Dayley and his team offer a variety of options to keep you as comfortable as possible. One comfort option we use is anesthesia. We offer many forms of anesthesia for both adults and children. Dr. is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and the American Dental Association®, and he has owned and operated dental surgical centers for over 10 years. In order to better serve our patients, we have brought sleep dentistry right into the comfort of our family practice.
These options for sleep dentistry in Boise, Idaho, include the following:
- Local Anesthetic (numbing just the teeth we are working on)
- Oral Sedatives (full body relaxation, like having a glass or two of wine)
- Nitrous Oxide (also called laughing gas, calms and distracts your mind)
- General Anesthesia (Sleep Dentistry, dentistry is done while you dream!)
If you are interested in learning how our dental team can help you feel calm and relaxed during treatment at our office, please read more below and then give us a call. Our team is always happy to answer questions, and we can schedule an appointment for you.
One of the most common options used in dentistry is local anesthetic, also known as lidocaine. This medication is delivered directly to the treatment site and numbs the area. This ensures that you feel minimal discomfort during your treatment.
Some patients can feel a lot of anxiety at the thought of visiting the dentist’s office. In order to help those patients relax, we can make use of oral sedatives. You will take this medication about an hour before your procedure to help you feel calm while still awake. Oral sedatives alone do not eliminate physical discomfort, but when used alongside local anesthetic, they can make for a very comfortable patient experience. The effects of oral sedatives can stay in your system for a while, and so we recommend that any patient who uses this medication have a companion to drive them home.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” can be used to help patients who feel anxious during their visit to the dentist. Nitrous oxide is a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen that, when breathed in, can cause you to feel at ease through the duration of your treatment. This option is very safe, and it wears off quickly. The effects can dissipate only a few minutes after we take off your mask, and many patients are able to legally and safely drive themselves home.
When a patient needs extensive treatment, or simply does not want to experience dentistry while awake, our dentist may recommend the use of general anesthesia. This treatment will induce the patient into sleep, making it easier for our dental team to provide safe and comfortable care. This medication is often given to the patient via inhalation or injection, and many times it is used in combination with a long-lasting local anesthetic so that you will remain comfortable even after the general anesthesia wears off.
When it has been determined that you will be receiving general anesthesia, you will receive instructions that you need to follow before and after your procedure. These include instructions on eating and drinking. Please follow these instructions closely. If you have any questions about these instructions, please contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions.