It is estimated that 3 out of every 10 American adults avoid the dentist because of fear and anxiety. Dental phobia can be a serious condition that prevents people from getting the dental care they need, often resulting in poor oral health and related overall health concerns. Dr. Khanna is one of the few dentists in Geneva, IL trained and certified to offer conscious I.V. sedation dentistry options.
Aside from our sedation dentistry options, patients find that they feel more comfortable in our Geneva dental office because of Dr. Khanna’s level of training and the personalized service that they get from our staff.
“Dr. Khanna and his staff are amazing! I hadn’t been to the dentist in years but if I had known about Dr. Khanna I honestly don’t think I would have put it off so long. They are so positive and are focused on providing you the best care. I live an hour away but I make the trip because it is worth it!” – Jess
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
Sedation dentistry is different from local anesthesia, which is an injection that blocks pain signals to the brain, numbing the area and preventing pain. Instead, sedation dentistry provides an all over euphoric effect to not just manage pain, but calm the anxiety and fear that some patients experience with dental treatment.
Types of Dental Sedation
We offer conscious forms of sedation dentistry in our Geneva, IL dental office so that patients are awake and fully cooperative but largely unaware of what is happening. In most cases, they have little or no memory of their procedure once it is over.
- IV sedation dentistry can only be administered by properly trained and certified dentists. With this technique, medication is administered directly into the blood stream. The primary benefit of IV sedation dentistry is that patients can feel immediately relaxed.
- Oral sedation dentistry is administered as a pill. Patients remain conscious, yet relaxed, allowing the dentist to perform the needed procedures.
- Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient through a special mask. The gas simply relaxes the patient and is one of the safest and most effective sedation dentistry techniques. The effects of laughing gas are only present when the mask is on, allowing the patient to quickly recover and return to their normal activities.