We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:
- A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
- A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist.
Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.
What levels of sedation are available to me at your office?
There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We have taken continuing education classes and are up-to-date with the latest recommendations and techniques for minimal sedation dentistry
- Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation can be administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment if you have oral sedation, because driving can be unsafe. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment. This form of sedation is very convenient, because you can expect to leave the office fully capable of driving and continuing your day as usual.
How are sedatives administered at our office?
- Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
- Oral — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which you will take 30-60 minutes prior to your appointment
Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method may be right for you.