Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry Elgin and St Charles IL

Elgin sedation dentist Dr. David Rice makes your comfort a priority at every visit. For those who have fears that prevent them from dental care, Dr. Rice has several forms of dental sedation available.

Depending on the type of procedure being performed and the individual patient’s desires, Dr. Rice will find the right type of dental sedation to fit each patient and ensure you are thoroughly informed about the effects of each.

As a sedation dentist, Dr. Rice offers nitrous oxide sedation, oral sedation in pill form, and is also certified to offer IV sedation for a twilight sleep during care.

Also available are stereo headsets to listen to selected music throughout care, and plasma TV screens for viewing your favorite DVD during treatment. Feel free to discuss your needs by contacting us today.

Types Of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide

The type of sedation dentistry thought of by most in the dentist chair is nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas, happy gas or just plain nitrous. When given nitrous oxide dental sedation, a patient will feel euphoric and the amount of pain experience will be minimal. Using nitrous oxide for sedation dentistry is also effective in alleviating the anxiety that some experience while at the dentist. The effects of nitrous oxide sedation are relatively short lived and carry minimal side effects. Although nitrous oxide sedation is a great tool, it isn’t for every patient.

Oral Sedation in Pill Form

Another type of dental sedation offered by your Bartlett and Elgin sedation dentist is oral sedation, also known as using a little pill, or happy pills.

The oral sedation used by our office is usually one of three oral tablets, Valium, Triazelam, or Halcion. A patient is prescribed the medication and takes it prior to their appointment.

Oral sedation is highly effective for those who suffer moderate to severe anxiety from dental visits. Although most oral sedation won’t eliminate pain, it can aide in a patients overall sense of well-being; allowing for administration of local anesthetics.

IV Sedation

woman sleep on grassFor those who are getting more than just a routine filling or cleaning, we offer something called IV sedation dentistry or light conscious sedation dentistry.

IV sedation, short for intravenous sedation, is administered through I.V. tubing. Our office will generally use one of two IV sedation anesthesia medications, Midazolam or Versed Anesthesia.

IV sedation is great for those procedures that are not invasive enough to require total dental sedation, but need something stronger than standard nitrous or oral sedation dentistry

General Anesthesia

When it is absolutely not an option for patient to be conscious during a procedure, deep conscious sedation, or general anesthesia is the most viable option.

The reason this is always the last option is because with deep conscious sedation, or general anesthesia a patient is put in an almost coma state. It requires machines to regulate your breathing and heart rate as well as your blood pressure. It should be performed by an anesthesiologist and is often done in a hospital rather than in a dental office.

General anesthesia in the dental field is also referred to as sleep dentistry, sleeping or truly asleep, and the dentist is sometimes called a sleep dentist. Whatever you choose to call it, you need to be aware of all the pros and cons to this, and every other type of dental sedation.

Contact Us for Sedation Dentistry

At David Rice, DDS, we will do everything to make sure you have the most positive experience possible. One way we do this is by offering sedation dentistry and providing you with the right type of dental sedation for your needs.

Dr. Rice is a highly qualified sedation dentist and will take the time to help you decide which type of dental sedation will be best for your specific situation.

Contact us today in the Elgin and St Charles IL area to learn more about sedation dentistry by calling us at the number above or by filling out the form on this page.

I highly recommend Dr. Rice and his caring staff to anyone who suffers from anxiety or is just plain nervous about going to the dentist!
~ Michael R
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    David A. Rice, DDS
    Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice provides sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and restorative dentistry services for the Elgin, South Elgin, Dundee and Gilberts, Illinois areas.
    1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
    Elgin, IL 60123
    Phone: 847-741-2353847-741-2353

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    • Dr. Rice, Just a few words to let you know how my dental visit was. This was my first visit with Dr. Rice, and staff. I was a bit apprehensive, but soon found out about there professional way in which I was not only treated, but I also found out, how much they cared about my personal health. Dr. Rice ever so calm, and understanding about your fear. If I have to do it over and choose a Dentist, or suggest to a friend, it would be Dr. Rice. He followed up with a phone call that evening, of my extraction of a wisdom tooth, and was concerned. For that I thank you! I hope I will not need him for anything in the near future, but his phone# is now in my memory dial. Regards, J.E. Small A 5 star Rating
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    • I’ve heard about oral sedation and had no idea how relaxed I’d be but really don’t remember anything other than sitting down in the chair. When they told me I was through, I felt so refreshed like I’d just finished a great nap.

      Scott B.

      —Scott B.
    • When my daughter told me I could nap while I had all the dental work I needed done, I thought she was teasing! Dr. Rice has proven to me that dental visits can be relaxing and I’m so glad I found him. I have two new bridges and porcelain crowns and feel like I look twenty years younger!

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      —Jean W.
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      —Kelly B.
    • I thought I’d never get over the trauma of having painful dental treatment as a teen. My teeth were in horrible shape and I couldn’t even bring myself to make an appointment. When I learned Dr. Rice could do my dentistry while I had twilight sleep, I at least wanted to talk to him. That’s all it took. He’s so kind and I immediately knew he would be the one who could help me get over my fears. Now, I’m so much better. Looking back, it all seems so silly but all I know is that my smile looks a million times better!

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    • The best thing about I.V. sedation is not remembering anything about my dental visit. After years of dreading everything about dental visits, Dr. Rice finally gave me a way to be there without even knowing it! My smile looks great now and I feel better knowing my mouth is finally healthy.

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    • I have been a patient of Dr. Rice for 15 years or more and find him and his staff to be excellent with their skill and chair-side manner. I never feel pressured to purchase services/treatments, that said it is their obligation to advise me on what is available. I feel that people need to remember that...just because the doctor tells you about options and how much those options cost does not mean they are trying to take advantage of you or trying to upsell you. I have never felt a hard sell approach from anyone in the office for anything. I have referred people to doctor Rice and will continue to do so because of his top notch dental care and his educational approach to dentistry.

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      —Julie P.
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      —Mary A.
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