Do you have a hard time relaxing in the dentist’s chair? Collier Dental has the solution for you! Our dentists are experienced in many forms of sedation dentistry to help patients who are having trouble staying cool and calm during their dental treatment. John Collier, DDS (General Dentist) even offers in-office IV sedation!
Nitrous Oxide - The most common form of sedation used for dental visits is nitrous oxide. You may hear people call it "laughing gas". Nitrous Oxide is a low-risk treatment and is provided in most dental offices. Often, dentists will administer nitrous oxide and local anesthesia during tooth extractions or fillings to reduce discomfort. Most dentists are already qualified to administer nitrous oxide, including Drs. John and Larissa Collier.
Oral Sedation (enteral sedation) - Refers to swallowing a sedative in either pill or liquid form. Your dentist may combine enteral sedation with nitrous oxide. You will still be awake, but it may be heavier sedation than solely using nitrous oxide. In Mississippi, a dentist is required to have additional training and licensure to administer this level of sedation. Both Drs. John and Larissa Collier have current permits for this level of sedation.
IV Conscious Sedation (parenteral sedation) - Intravenous (IV) sedation is another standard method of treatment that is delivered directly to the bloodstream. IV sedation takes effect quickly, and the advantage is that the dentist can control the dose. Your dentist may recommend IV sedation for lengthy procedures like oral surgery rather than routine dental procedures. Dentists require special training to be licensed to administer IV sedation. Dr. John Collier has a current permit to administer IV Conscious Sedation.
OUT-OF-OFFICE TREATMENT (Using Doctors/Providers from outside of our office)
General Anesthesia/Hospital Dentistry - General anesthesia is a level of sedation used during surgical procedures, such as wisdom teeth extraction, and also during full mouth treatment for very young or special needs patients. This is the deepest level of sedation. The patient will not eat for a period of time before the procedure and recover from the anesthesia before going home. Further, the anesthesiologist and surgical team will monitor heart rate and blood pressure throughout the process to ensure safety. Dr. John Collier (DDS) is on staff at Baptist Hospital - North Mississippi and provides dental services at the hospital while an anesthesiologist provides sedation.