Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who are fearful of visiting the dentist. You might be forgoing treatment altogether because of this anxiety and fear. Sedation is often helpful for patients who are undergoing more invasive procedures, like surgery. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), IV and oral conscious sedation to our patients.
Why would Sedation Dentistry be needed?
Having a fear of the dentist is incredibly common. Despite advances in dental technology, many patients still fear the sounds, sights and even smells associated with dental care. Fortunately, sedation can help to fully relax you while you’re in our office. It is carefully administered and thoroughly monitored throughout the appointment, so it’s a safe option for you or any other member of your family.
Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is administered according to our patients’ needs. Because of this, most of the sedative options we offer are safe for patients coming into our office. We will go over your health and medical history prior to administering any type of anesthetic. We will ask you about any medications you’re taking or any health problems that you have before the procedure is underway.
What happens during Sedation Dentistry?
For nitrous oxide (laughing gas), we place a small mask over your nose. You will breathe in a sweet-smelling gas that will thoroughly relax you. For children, nitrous oxide may have hallucinogenic properties, but the effects only last for as long as the mask is over the nose. For oral conscious sedation, we have you take a small pill before treatment. The pill will relax you enough to undergo the procedure, and it is important to have a friend or relative bring you home from the office. IV sedation is best suited to our surgical patients and those undergoing more invasive treatment. An IV is placed in the arm and sedative is administered into the body. Within about 15 minutes, you will be in a deep sleep-like state so that we can begin treatment.
If you would like to learn more about our sedative options and how they can work for you, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.