Dr. Kacos and his team are highly trusted members of the American Dental Society of Anesthesia. Dr. Kacos is trained in all facets of dental anesthesia. Our team provides safe and comfortable sedation on a daily basis.
The Purpose of Dental Sedation
The term dental sedation refers to the use of medications to alleviate fear, anxiety, or stress before and during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry allows for a more pleasant treatment experience. When you are calm and comfortable our team can focus on providing you with the highest level of care. We provide all forms of dental sedation from mild sedation all the way to deep sedation. We are sedation experts and can guide you to the appropriate level of sedation for your particular needs. Our team has expert-level training in sedation and we find providing sedation very fulfilling. We are sedation pros and provide moderate and deep sedation daily.
What types of dental sedation do we offer?
Mild sedation can be administered with laughing gas or pills. Laughing gas is typically the preferred method of delivering mild sedation as it has no lasting effects and is very predictable.
Moderate sedation is delivered using a combination of medications custom-tailored to your needs. Our typical moderate sedation patient takes a pill when they wake up to calm their nerves. At our office, we provide IV sedation to provide a deeper level of relaxation. It is common for patients to snore during their procedure and very common to have little to no memory of their visit to our office.
Deep sedation is provided using stronger medications in IV form. With deep sedation, you will be fully relaxed, unaware of your surroundings, and likely not have any memory of your visit to our office.
What is laughing gas and what does it do?
Laughing gas is Nitrous Oxide and is commonly used as a local sedation method. It’s colorless and odorless and its usefulness stems from its ability to quickly work and safely reverse its effects. It is a widely considered safe dental sedation method.
What types of anesthesia are used for dental work?
The most common types of anesthesia used are local oral anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is a numbing solution that is injected directly into the treatment area—usually the gums. In contrast, general anesthesia produces a more profound experience that usually leaves no memory of the actual procedure. It’s typically used for more intensive procedures such as tooth extraction, dental implants, or other surgical procedures leaving the patient unconscious during the procedure. IV sedation is a deeper type of anesthesia that achieves a period of brief sedation with very little memory of the surgery.
If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Shreveport Dental Solutions, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.