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
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. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
I am nervous about being unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to me?
Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are two sedative states at which your dentist can administer your treatment: mild sedation and moderate sedation.
- Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety. Mild sedation is usually administered by inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas). 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.
- Moderate Sedation — Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. We provide this level of sedation through oral medication. With moderate sedation, your child will remain awake throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. We require two adults to be present for this type of sedation so that one adult can sit in the back with your child while the other adult drives home.
How are sedatives administered?
- 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 — thcommon teis is a common technique for dental sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription.
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.