Additional Procedures

Additional Procedures

  • Oral Conscious Sedation

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Nitrous Oxide

Oral Conscious Sedation – the ultimate in relaxation. without needles!

Oral conscious sedation, or OCS, utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. OCS does not require needles to administer and is less expensive than IV SEDATION.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation:

  • It’s very effective for mild to moderate anxiety

  • It’s safe and easy
  • You can breathe and speak on your own
  • It’s less expensive than IV SEDATION
  • In many cases, you can get ALL of your dental work done in one visit

Unlike general anesthesia, which renders patients completely unconscious, oral conscious sedation leaves you able to speak and breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be asleep, you will enjoy a heightened state of relaxation – and probably won’t remember much about the procedure afterwards. Your appointment will be a dream & hours in the chair will feel like minutes.

Oral conscious sedation will put you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort; however, your doctor will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t experience any pain. At this point in the procedure you’ll be so relaxed that you’ll hardly even notice.

Whether you’re anxious about going to the dentist or just too busy for multiple visits, OCS can be a great solution to getting your dental work done during one comfortably and stress-free visit.

Two appointments are generally required for a procedure utilizing oral conscious sedation. During your first visit, your doctor will take a detailed health history. If you’re comfortable, he or she will look in your mouth and take dental x-rays. Next you’ll be given a prescription for a sedative medication to take the night before your second appointment so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

You’ll be asked to have a companion bring you to and from the office for your second visit. Once you arrive, you’ll take additional medication to ensure that you’re in a tranquil state of mind. The doctor will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit.

Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy smile. Dr. Joshi is certified in Oral Sedation Dentistry. We have the skills and training to put even the most anxious patient at ease. CALL our offices today and get ready to enjoy a total relaxation experience.

Nitrous Oxide

NITROUS OXIDE (laughing gas) – from fear to euphoria Sedation dentistry can put you at ease and virtually eliminates the pain associated with dental procedures. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is one of several options available to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. Benefits of nitrous oxide: It’s effective for mild to moderate anxiety Proven safety record. Offers an analgesic (pain relieving) effect It’s quick-acting, with few side effects. You don’t need someone to escort you to and from the office. You can return to normal activities immediately. In many cases, you can get ALL of your dental work done in one visit Also called inhalation conscious sedation, nitrous oxide is best suited for cases of mild to moderate anxiety and is the most frequently used sedation method in dentistry. Under nitrous oxide you remain conscious and able to breathe on your own. Although you will not actually be unconscious, you will enjoy a sense of total well-being (euphoria). Patients generally recover quickly and can usually leave the office unescorted. Nitrous oxide will put you at ease so you experience little to no discomfort; however, we will also administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you don’t experience any pain. At this point in the procedure you’ll be so relaxed that you’ll hardly even notice.

Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy smile. Dr. Joshi is certified in Oral Sedation Dentistry. We have the expertise, skills and training to put even the most anxious patient at ease. Contact us today and get ready to enjoy a total relaxation experience.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way an individual sleeps, and can cause repeated sleep disturbances. A patient with sleep apnea will experience blocked airways caused by tissues behind the tongue, which can cause them to stop breathing many times an hour or even several times a minute during a night’s rest. Symptoms of an individual with sleep apnea can include sleepiness during the daytime, a feeling of not being rested, and a general sense of fatigue. When left untreated, it stops the natural ability of the body to rejuvenate itself at the cellular level and can worsen the situation for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. You can also be at a higher risk for heart attacks.

There are a few different options available for treating sleep apnea. While CPAP machines are often times highly recommended, they can be uncomfortable and awkward to wear, which causes many patients to stop using them.

For those that are CPAP intolerant or are uncomfortable with using a CPAP machine, the next treatment alternative is the use of an oral appliance. Dr. Bijal Joshi can create an oral appliance to help you address your sleep apnea. This appliance is custom-made, and allows you to keep your airway open without protruding your jaw forward. Because this device is designed in such a manner that moving the jaw forward is unnecessary, we avoid the side effects of creating TMJ symptoms. We find that patients have better compliance with a sleep apnea appliance than they do with a CPAP machine, so it can be a better solution for many.

Snorers are a nuisance to husbands or wives, and could lead to a strained relationship. The same device can help snorers. Snoring is caused by the same mechanism. The tissue on the back of the tongue partially covers the airway and causes snoring as opposed to a complete blockage which causes sleep apnea.

Dr. Joshi can talk with you about the benefits of a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. Call the office today to schedule a consultation and find out why an oral appliance may be better for you in order to address your sleep apnea. With a warm and helpful staff, as well as an up-to-date facility, you will find that our practices can help with all of your dental needs!