Anesthesia Options - Chicago, IL

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Soothing Sedation Options for Gentler Dentistry

If you ever get nervous just thinking about going to the dentist or periodontist, you’re not alone. Dental anxiety or fear affects millions of people in the U.S., preventing them from getting the dental care they need to maintain healthy mouths and lives. At Millennium Periodontics, we’re dedicated to making you comfortable and delivering treatment as painless as possible. We offer four anesthesia options in Chicago, IL and work with two board-certified dental anesthesiology practices that perform all levels of safe IV sedation and general anesthesia. They use a patient-centered approach to administer sedation with full collaboration from our team. When you entrust us with your care, we’ll discuss any pre-existing health issues you have that might exclude receiving some types of sedation, then choose the best one to suit the complexity of your treatment and level of dental anxiety. If you’re looking for a compassionate practice that offers a full spectrum of sedation dentistry, from nitrous oxide to general anesthesia in Chicago, IL, we look forward to helping you on our journey to healthier gums and a healthier life.

We offer sedation dentistry services customized to your unique level of dental fear to minimize your anxiety and worry.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

You may be the perfect candidate for sedation dentistry if you’re afraid of dentists or had negative past experiences. Other reasons include a dislike of the smells and sounds associated with dentistry, a fear of needles, sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or the inability to sit still in the dental chair. In short, sedation is for anyone who wants to be comfortable and relaxed throughout their entire dental visit.

The benefits include:

Our Soothing Sedation Options

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a light form of sedation. Gas inhaled through a lightweight mask helps you mellow out during treatment. We can easily adjust the levels of gas that you inhale throughout the procedure based on your needs. Nitrous oxide wears off within a few minutes without lasting effects, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home.
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Oral Sedation

Medication such as Halcion, lorazepam, or diazepam are taken orally, typically one hour before your visit. Oral sedation provides a deep sense of relaxation. While your memory of the procedure can be foggy and motor skills may be impaired, you’ll remain conscious. Due to the effects of oral sedation, someone must drive you home. The effects of the medication typically wear off within 24 hours.
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IV Sedation

Administered intravenously, this type of sedation puts you in a sleep-like state, although you typically remain awake during the procedure. IV sedation in Chicago, IL enables you to experience any type of complex oral surgery without feeling anxious. Our board-certified anesthesiologists carefully monitor you during treatment and afterwards to ensure the anesthesia wears off as it should. You’ll need to have someone drive you home and may feel slightly sluggish for the remainder of the day.
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General Anesthesia

During deep sedation or general anesthesia, you’re completely unconscious during the procedure. When under general anesthesia, you can’t be easily awakened until the effects wear off or are reversed with medication. We usually only recommend this type of sedation for significant oral surgery or if you’re resistant to other forms of sedation. While under anesthesia, our board-certified anesthesiologist will monitor all your vital signs including blood pressure, heart rate, and pulse.

Soothing, Anxiety-Free Care Ensures a Healthier Smile

Sedation dentistry is an effective and safe method to make you feel more relaxed during any dental procedure. It can enable you to get the essential care you need and prevent untreated gum disease from wreaking havoc on your general health and wellness. Gum disease can cause gum recession and tooth loss. When left untreated, inflammation associated with gum disease can lead to additional systemic complications, greater pain, and the need for more invasive treatments. With the ability to choose between several different anesthesia options in Chicago, IL, we truly hope you’ll never let dental anxiety get in the way of receiving the essential care you need. Reach out to learn more about how our specialized and comprehensive sedation solutions provide the comfort and confidence you need to maintain a healthy smile and life!

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