Sedation Dentistry

Advanced Restorative Dentistry

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Honolulu, HI

Visiting the dentist’s office has, as long as the culture can remember, been stigmatized by fearing patients. Unfortunately, that means that many people in need of dental care won’t and can’t get what they need. At Advanced Restorative Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dr. Michael Nishime offers sedation dentistry for people who experience anxiety during dental procedures. To learn more about how Dr. Nishime can help you manage your stress, call or go online to book an appointment.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

Advanced Restorative Dentistry


What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medicine during dental procedures to help you relax. Though its name might suggest anesthesia, sedation dentistry doesn’t put you under. Dr. Nishime offers several levels of sedation to fit your individual needs.

The primary purpose of sedation dentistry is to prevent you from avoiding necessary dental procedures by fear of visiting the doctor’s office.

What levels of sedation dentistry are available?

There are multiple levels of sedation dentistry. Dr. Nishime offers three different levels:

Nitrous oxide inhalation sedation (laughing gas)

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common types of sedation, especially for children and young adults, though many adults opt for nitrous oxide sedation. Dr. Nishime places a mask on your nose to enable you to breathe in nitrous oxide throughout the procedure.

Nitrous oxide doesn’t stay in your system long, so you’ll be able to resume your daily tasks soon after the procedure.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation comes in the form of a pill. You’ll need to wait about an hour for the medicine to take effect. Once that happens, you can begin the procedure. The pill doesn’t put you under, but it does make you drowsy and might make you fall asleep.

Oral sedation isn’t always the method of choice. Because oral medicine affects each person differently, it doesn’t have a universal level of efficacy. Should you choose this method of sedation, please arrange for someone to pick you up after the procedure.

Intravenous sedation (IV)

Intravenous sedation is another prevalent type of sedation that has proven to be one of the most effective sedation methods.

Dr. Nishime uses Midazolam, a medication that ensures that you won’t remember the procedure. Even though you won’t remember the procedure after its done, you won’t be under general anesthesia, and your reflexes will remain intact.

Because intravenous sedation isn’t an anesthetic, you might also require local anesthesia in the treatment sites.

The team at Advanced Restorative Dentistry make sure procedures are performed in accordance with the law and possess cutting-edge equipment for cardiac life support. Please arrange for someone to pick you up after the procedure.

When is sedation dentistry necessary?

Dr. Nishime recommends sedation dentistry in two cases.

Sedation dentistry might be right for you if you experience crippling anxiety about going to the doctor, and as a result, can’t get the care you need. Dr. Nishime might also recommend sedation if the work you're set to get will take more than three hours. This ensures that your muscles don’t spasm and that your jaw doesn’t tire.

To learn more about the sedation dentistry, contact a team member at Advanced Restorative Dentistry by phone or online today.