Sedation Dentistry

At Central Ohio Periodontics, we offer several sedation options, depending on your procedure and comfort needs.  

Local Anesthetic

For certain dental procedures, Dr. Sakamoto will need to numb only certain areas in your mouth.  In order to do so, medicine is injected into your gum or inner cheek.  This medicine is called a local anesthetic.

Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic used in dentistry, however, there are many others.  All types of numbing drugs are combined with other medications to make the numbing last longer.  Numbing usually lasts several hours but wears off over time.

Numbing just the area where dentistry needs to be performed allows Dr. Sakamoto to perform procedures without pain or discomfort.  Because you are still conscious, you can answer prompts and commands quickly and easily.  And, because you have not been sedated, you can usually drive yourself home or go back to work immediately after the appointment.

Oral Sedation

Our office offers oral sedation dentistry.  Oral sedation dentistry allows us to relieve anxiety without the use of needles or intravenous tubes.  Additionally, patients who traditionally have trouble getting numb have no problem when sedated and relaxed.

About an hour prior to the appointment, you will be asked to take a small pill that will make you drowsy.  By the time your companion accompanies you to our office for the appointment, you will be feeling relaxed and calm.  We will escort you to a comfortable room and cover you with a warm, thick blanket.

Dr. Sakamoto and our experienced clinical team will complete the dental procedure.  During the entire procedure, we will monitor your vital signs will be monitored to ensure your health and safety.  After the treatment is completed, we do require a companion drive you home.

Intravenous (IV) Conscious Sedation

IV Conscious Sedation is an effective technique for managing moderate to severe dental anxiety.   While not as readily available in most dental offices, we believe it is a valuable tool for ensuring a patient’s complete relaxation during a procedure they would not ordinarily have had done due to extreme fear.

Prior to the procedure, medication is administered intravenously.  Medication administered by IV are far more effective than those taken orally because Dr. Sakamoto can control exactly how much is administered directly into the bloodstream.

During the procedure, your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, and breathing are continuously monitored.  For IV Conscious Sedation, you will be awake through the whole procedure, allowing Dr. Sakamoto to talk with you and give you an necessary directions if necessary.   However, the medications administered during IV conscious sedation leave patients with amnesia of the procedure, so you will not remember the experience.

In order to provide IV Conscious Sedation dentistry, Dr. Sakamoto earned specialized advanced training and certification by the state Board of Dental Examiners.

What type of sedation is right for you?

During your consultation, Dr. Sakamoto will review your procedure and discuss the best type of sedation options for your health needs and dental concerns.

Our mission is to help our patients live healthier lives. Your comfort and health are our first priority. Your beautiful smile is always our goal.