Sedation Dentistry

We offer several different sedation options. Everything from the light, floaty feeling of laughing gas to being completely asleep and multiple options in between. Feel free to read more details below or contact us today to make an appointment and discuss your options in person. We would love to answer your questions and help you find the right option for you.

Nitrous Oxide

“Laughing gas”, or nitrous oxide, is inhaled through the nose and is used as a mild sedative. It can be used throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide promotes a general sense of well-
being and generally elevates the mood. Most importantly, it lowers anxiety, and, while it does not replace the need for numbing, it does reduce pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt throughout the body. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, but they are generally mild and short lasting. It has been safely used in dentistry for many years.

Oral Anxiolytic

Valium (also called Diazepam) is a pill that is taken orally. It is used to reduce anxiety and at higher doses is used as a sedative. While it does not cause sleep, it does dull the senses and can alter the perception of time, often causing patients to feel that procedures take less time than they actually do. Valium is often used in conjunction with laughing gas to reduce anxiety levels and cause the patient to be relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. When using this technique, we require that you have a driver to transport you to and from your appointment.

IV Sedation

“IV”, or Intravenous, sedation is a type of moderate sedation. Having an IV in place allows a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to administer sedation medications directly into the bloodstream. This allows the effects of the medications to be immedia/sites/5te and the CRNA can alter the level of sedation as needed throughout the procedure. During the entire procedure, the CRNA monitors your vital signs and makes any necessary adjustments to the medications you are receiving while the dentist concentrates on the dental procedure. After IV sedation, patients generally report feeling as though they slept through the entire procedure and generally have no memory of it. Immedia/sites/5tely following the procedure there is generally a sense of grogginess, sleepiness, and sometimes confusion (we’ve all seen the YouTube videos of patients after they have had their wisdom teeth removed). Consequently, we require that you have a driver transport you home after your IV sedation appointment.

General Anesthesia

We have partnered with Mountain View Hospital to offer dental treatment to our patients in a hospital setting. During general anesthesia, the patient is unconscious and a breathing tube is placed by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) who continually monitors vital signs and is ready to handle any medical emergency that may arise. Various medications are administered through an IV. After the procedure, the patient is monitored at the hospital until they are stable, before being released to go home with a responsible driver. Generally, this type of sedation for dental procedures is used on small children, disabled patients, or patients whose health conditions make it unsafe to perform sedation outside of a hospital setting.

If you have any questions or concerns about the options we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Some reasons people prefer some form of sedation are:

  • Anxiety caused by dental visits
  • Level of dental procedures required. Such as Implants, Root Canals or Pediatric Dentistry
  • Preference to relax
Hospital Dental Services

Sometimes a patient’s needs are such that they require much more delicate and monitored care to perform a dental appointment. We work closely with local hospitals to arrange operating rooms with anesthesiologists to perform these necessary procedures. People that might meet this criteria include:

  • People who have crippling anxiety about dental work
  • People who cannot hold still for the duration of a dental appointment (young children, mental impairments)
  • Special health considerations

Our hospital services are a service that we provide because we know how much it benefits those in need. Please consider this wonderful option to safely and confidently get dental procedures performed, while ensuring safety and comfort throughout.

Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation Information.

Please review the information below to help prepare you for your procedure. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or text 208-529-4484. 

*Reminder: Your sedation appointments will be at Foothills Dental, 2205 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, ID. 83404.

  • The arrival time for sedation is not set until three (3) days prior; in some cases the arrival time could change the day of.  
  • Three (3) days prior to your appointment all prescriptions will be called into your requested pharmacy. It is recommended that you pick up your prescriptions at least one (1) day before your appointment. 
  • Three (3) days prior to your appointment you will be informed of your sedation arrival time.  
  • You will receive a call the day/evening prior to sedation from the anesthesiologist. 
  • Do not eat or drink (except water) for eight (8) hours prior to your appointment. 
  • Discontinue drinking water three (3) hours prior to your appointment.
  • Prepare transportation: All sedation patients must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older, this companion must remain in the office the entire procedure and drive you home. It is not recommended to drive for 24 hours after sedation.
  • If you are nursing, please consult with your child’s pediatrician for specific instructions on when you may safely nurse after your surgery and what pain medications you may take.
  • Avoid smoking 12 hours prior to sedation.
  • Female patients between the ages of 14-56 will be given a urine pregnancy test the morning of their appointment unless post-menopausal or have had a tubal ligation/hysterectomy.
  • Remove nail polish
  • Do not wear lipstick or excessive makeup on the day of surgery. 
  • Wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed prior to sedation.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach, or upset bowel, please notify the office.

The anesthesia medications can remain in your body for 24 hours after your surgery. Until the anesthetic has been eliminated from your system, your reactions and judgment may be impaired. For the first 24 hours after surgery, please avoid the following:

  • Drive a motor vehicle.
  • Operate or work around complex equipment or machinery.
  • Make any important decisions or sign any legal documents.
  • Drink alcohol, including hard liquor, beer or wine.
  • Do not take any medications unless prescribed by or discussed with your doctor.

After sedation, begin with liquids and slowly introduce light food. Heavy foods can be difficult to digest and result in nausea and discomfort.

Anestesia de sedación IV intravenosa

Gracias por programar su cita de sedación. Favor de examinar la información que procede para ayudarlo a prepararse para su operación. Si tiene preguntas adicionales o preocupaciones no dude en comunicarse con nosotros por medio de llamada o mensaje de texto al 208-529-4484.

*Recordatorio: Su cita de sedación será en la oficina Foothills Dental 2205 Channing Way, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

  • La hora de llegada para sedación no será fija hasta tres (3) días antes de su cita. En algunos casos la hora de su llegada podría cambiar el mismo día de su cita. 
  • Tres (3) días antes de su cita programada todas sus recetas médicas serán dadas a su farmacia preferida. Es recomendado que recoja su receta médica con mínimo un (1) dia antes de su cita
  • Tres (3) días antes de su cita programada será informado de la hora de su llegada para sedación. 
  • Recibirá una llamada el día/atardecer antes de sedación de parte del anestesiólogo.
  • No coma ni beba (con la excepción de agua) por ocho (8) horas previas de su cita.  
  • Discontinue bebiendo agua tres (3) horas previas a su cita 
  • Prepare transportation: Todos los pacientes de sedación IV deben de ser acompañados por un adulto de 18 años o mayor. No se recomienda operar un vehículo por 24 horas después de sedación. 
  • Si está amamantando, favor de consultar con el pediatra de su hijo/a para recibir instrucciones en específico de forma segura para poder amamantar después de cirugía y educarse de qué medicamento de dolor podrá tomar.
  • Evite fumar 12 horas previas de sedación 
  • A las pacientes que sean mujeres de edades 14-56 se le dará prueba de orina de embarazo durante la mañana de su cita con la excepción de que esté en posmenopausia o haya tenido legión tubal/histerectomí. 
  • Favor de remover color/barniz de las uñas 
  • Favor de no utilizar labial o maquillaje el día de su cirugía.
  • Utilice ropa confortable prendas que sean sueltas con mangas que se puedan doblar arriba del codo y zapatos con tacón bajo 
  • Lentes de contacto, joyas, y dentadura deben ser removidas antes de sedación. 
  • Si está experimentando enfermedades como resfriado, dolor de garganta, o malestar de estómago favor de notificar nuestra oficina

Los medicamentos de la anestesia pueden permanecer en su cuerpo por hasta 24 horas después de su cirugía. Su criterio y reacciones pueden ser impedidas hasta que la anestesia se elimine de su sistema. Por las primeras 24 hora despues de cirugia favor de evitar lo siguiente:

  • Conducir un vehículo motorizado 
  • Operar o trabajar alrededor de equipos complejos o maquinaria 
  • Tomar decisiones importantes o firmar algún documento legal 
  • Consumir alcohol, incluyendo licor fuerte, cerveza, o vino 
  • No tomar cualquier medicamento que no ha sido aprobado o examinado por su doctor.

Después de sedación comience con líquidos y lentamente introduzca alimentos suaves. Alimentos pesados pueden ser difíciles de dirigir y puede resultar en náuseas y malestar.