My Blog

Posts for tag: sedation dentistry

By All Smiles
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Don't fear going to the dentist's office. "It is easier said than done, " you may say? The compassionate professional staff at All smiles in Worth, IL understand your concern and offer cutting edge sedation dentistry that eases patient anxiety. It allows individuals to relax while they undergo anything, from a simple filling to complex reconstructive treatments.Sedation Dentistry

What Causes Dental Phobia?

The American Association of Endodontists maintains that 80 percent of Americans in the United States are afraid of dental treatment. In fact, about half of those individuals delay important prophylactic and restorative services or avoid them completely, because they are very uncomfortable with:

  • sights and sounds of a dental office
  • sitting still for long periods because of back pain or other physical issues
  • having their personal space invaded (claustrophobia)
  • needles, drills or other dental instruments
  • medical or dental personnel because of past bad experiences
  • the condition of their teeth and gums

Describing dental fears as "discomfort" is an exaggeration in many cases. Symptoms of dental phobia can be as devastating as profuse sweating, shaking, nightmares, and panic attacks. Many times, past bad experiences with dentists or doctors ruin how people view today's health care. It's no wonder and no shame that people avoid the dentist.

Sedation Dentistry May Be Your Solution

If you suffer from dental phobia to one degree or other, don't despair or compromise your oral and systemic health. Consult with the team at All Smiles. Drs. Frederick Mueller, Ron Baran, Jianjun Hao and Irene Skirius offer sedation options based on your health and specific need. Options include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Based on your medical and pharmaceutical history, your Worth, IL sedation dentist will help you select the medication to put you at ease.

Types of Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, gives patients a light-headed, happy feeling. Some people become rather giddy--thus, the nickname, laughing gas. The Worth, IL sedation dentist administers the gas via nasal mask and regulates it up or down as needed. Afterwards, the sedating effects diminish rapidly, and the patient drives himself home.

Oral Conscious Sedation is a fancy term for a tranquilizer taken as a pill. Common drugs include Valium, Versed, Halcion and Ativan. Patients become very sleepy under the influence of these medications, but they still can respond to simple commands. Afterwards, they may have no memory of their procedures, and they require transportation home.

Given through a needle in the arm, IV Sedation is sometimes called "twilight sedation." The patient is very relaxed, fully monitored and can respond the doctor's instructions. After multiple or complex procedures, the individual remembers little or nothing and has a friend or loved one drive him home.


Some dental patients call sedation dentistry a "God send" because they get their essential dental care without the paralyzing fear. If you want to relax at the dentist's office, call All Smiles in Worth, IL for a personal consultation today. Phone (708) 448-0333.


By All Smiles
January 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

Do you get sweaty palms at the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair? If so, you’re not alone--anxiety often stops people from accessing the dental care they need. Luckily, there’s a simple way to end your anxiety. Sedation dentistry at All Smiles in Worth, IL, allows you to Sedation Dentistryremain calm and relaxed while you work towards a healthier smile.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Induce relaxation: For many people, the option of sedation is the difference between receiving dental care or going without. Having a peaceful state of mind allows you to care for your oral health without reliving or creating traumatic memories.

Increase cooperation: People with extreme anxiety, especially children, may refuse to cooperate with the dental staff. Sedation can help them relax and make it easier to follow instructions without fear.

Fewer appointments: When your body and mind are relaxed, you can tolerate longer procedures without excessive pain. This can save you both time and money as you get the work you need done faster.

Limited memory of the procedure: While you may have general memories of being in the dentist’s office, you won’t remember the nitty-gritty details. This is a relief for many people who experience extreme distress or discomfort during dental procedures.

Control gag reflex: Even if you don’t experience anxiety, you may have a strong gag reflex that makes it difficult to receive care. Sedation can calm this reflex and make it possible to complete your dental work without worries.

Types of Sedation

From cleanings to extractions and everything in between, your dental procedures can be significantly more pleasant with the help of the right sedation option. Different types of medications are used to achieve each state of sedation, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, and IV sedatives.

Light Sedation: You remain fully aware of what’s going on, but feel more relaxed and carefree. Light sedation is usually induced with nitrous oxide.

Conscious Sedation: You remain awake and generally able to respond to instructions, but you’ll be in a state of extreme relaxation.

Deep Sedation: Completely unaware of your surroundings, you may or may not be able to respond to instructions. Airway and breathing assistance may be required. Deep sedation is usually reserved for surgical procedures.

Unconscious: General anesthesia puts you in an unconscious state in which your vitals must be closely monitored. This is reserved for specific situations, usually more involved surgical procedures.

Worth Sedation Dentistry

If you've been putting off dental work out of fear, there's no need to wait any longer. Visit one of our kind and caring dentists at All Smiles to find out which sedation option can help you get the dental work you need. For sedation dentistry in Worth, IL, request your appointment online or call (708) 448-0333 today.


Did you know 50% of people admit to some form of anxiety visiting the dentist, with roughly 1 in 6 avoiding dental care altogether because of it? To ease anxiety dentistry has developed sedation methods that help patients relax during dental treatment.

Many can achieve relaxation with an oral sedative taken about an hour before a visit. Some with acute anxiety, though, may need deeper sedation through an intravenous (IV) injection of medication. Unlike general anesthesia which achieves complete unconsciousness to block pain, IV sedation reduces consciousness to a controllable level. Patients aren’t so much “asleep” as in a “semi-awake” state that’s safe and effective for reducing anxiety.

While there are a variety of IV medications, the most popular for dental offices are the benzodiazepines, most often Midazolam (Versed). Benzodiazepines act quickly and wear off faster than similar drugs, and have a good amnesic effect (you won’t recall details while under its influence). While relatively safe, they shouldn’t be used with individuals with poor liver function because of their adverse interaction with liver enzymes.

Other drugs or substances are often used in conjunction with IV sedation. Nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) may be introduced initially to help with anxiety over the IV needle stick. Sometimes pain-reducing drugs like Fentanyl may be added to the IV solution to boost the sedative effect and to reduce the amount of the main drug.

If we recommend IV sedation for your dental treatment, there are some things you should do to help the procedure go smoothly and safely. Because the after effects of sedation may impair your driving ability, be sure you have someone with you to take you home. Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before your appointment, and consult with both your physician and dentist about taking any prescription medication beforehand. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and don’t wear contact lenses, oral appliances like dentures or retainers, watches or other jewelry.

Our top priority is safety — we follow strict standards and protocols regarding IV sedation and you’ll be carefully monitored before, during and after your procedure. Performed with the utmost care, IV sedation could make your next dental procedure pleasant and uneventful, and impact your oral health for the better.

If you would like more information on IV and other forms of sedation, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.