What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is a great way to feel relaxed and calm while in our office. We understand that it can sometimes be frightening to have dental work done. We offer many different sedative options to meet your needs, like nitrous oxide, oral sedation and even IV sedation. Sedation is safely administered to each patient and is ideal for most people coming into our office.
Why is Sedation Dentistry needed?
There are a few reasons why you may want or need sedation while in the office. You might be having invasive work done, like a surgery, and would benefit from having sedation administered. Likewise, you might be nervous of visiting the dentist and even suffer panic attacks, making it difficult for you to sit still for the treatment that you need. Sedation has incredible calming benefits that can make your time with us a lot more comfortable.
Who is a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Because we safely administer and monitor sedation at all times, it is a good option for most patients. In fact, even children can benefit from sedation when having more complicated procedures done, or if they show great fear and anxiety when coming into the office. Rather than live in fear, we can administer sedation to make your visit a lot more relaxing. Your first appointment will be a consultation to review our treatment plan, health history, and discuss preparation for sedation.
What happens during the Sedation Dentistry process?
We offer three different types of sedation to fit our patients’ needs. The first and most common is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This gas is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. You will breathe in the sweet-smelling gas and feel immediately relaxed. We then perform the procedure as usual while you’re calmly sitting in the office. Oral sedation is a small pill that is taken prior to your appointment with us. The pill helps to relax and calm you down so that treatment is easier. IV sedation involves placing an IV in the arm and administering sedative into your body. IV sedation is most often needed for comprehensive procedures and surgeries.
If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it works, call us today so that our helpful staff members can help to answer your questions.