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Sedation Dentistry

Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have little to no recollection of the time it took, or the noise or the discomfort you were expecting. 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. 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

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

I am nervous about being unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to me?

There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. You will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and our practice offers 2 types of sedation: mild sedation and moderate sedation.

  • Mild Sedation — "Anxiolysis" (anxiety reduction) is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally and is available at no extra cost beyond filling the prescription (usually less than $10). 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. Anxiolysis sedation usually wears off within a few hours after the procedure is complete.
  • Moderate Sedation — Used for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures, oral conscious sedation is achieved with a similar type of prescription pill as mild sedation but with a somewhat stronger effect. With conscious sedation, you will remain technically awake or sleep lightly throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. It is recommended that patients receiving conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving will be unsafe.

How are sedatives administered?

  • We use pills taken by mouth to achieve mild to moderate levels of sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.

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.

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