Dental anxiety is real, and you’re not alone. Plenty of patients feel nervous about getting the care they need. That’s why we offer a variety of sedation options to keep your experience soothing, painless, and stress-free.
No one deserves to struggle with stress or pain during dental treatment. Sedation options are an effective way to receive the dental care you need without the worry and anxiety that may come with visiting the dentist’s office. Whether your mouth doesn't respond to local anesthesia, you have multiple procedures lined up, or you've had negative dental experiences in the past, sedation can help you enjoy a soothing dental appointment. All it takes to get started is a simple conversation with your dentist to see what option works best for you.
About 40% of Americans are affected by dental anxiety.
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Nervous about treatment, but want to avoid being deeply sedated? With nitrous oxide, you’ll experience a floaty, worry-free feeling that won’t leave you with side effects. Right after treatment, you can drive yourself home and get back to your day-to-day routine.
If you’re looking for a sedative that will cause you to forget most of your procedure, we offer oral conscious sedation. This method uses a strong pill sedative that you’ll take the night before and 1 hour before your procedure for a peaceful, pleasant experience.
For patients undergoing invasive procedures, extensive produces, or for those who wish to be completely asleep, we proudly offer general anesthesia. Rest assured you will safely be monitored by a team of doctors and nurses. They will make sure you do not feel anything from your procedure.
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Sedation allows more dentistry to be done in one appointment, which saves you time. When the body is relaxed, your dentist can comfortably provide more treatment for you in one sitting.
Patients with strong gag reflexes and those that struggle with responding to typical numbing options are able to experience a comfortable, stress-free dental procedure.
The more positive dental experiences you have, the easier it becomes to visit the dentist. Our goal is to help you find a safe and easy way to receive the dental care you need.
First, your dentist will review your treatment plan to determine if sedation is a good option for your procedure. Your dentist will then discuss your past health history and any current health problems that may affect your ability to be sedated with your chosen method.
Your dentist will ask questions to determine your particular needs and concerns. How deeply do you wish to be sedated? What is making you anxious about your procedure? Do you have trouble getting numb? An honest conversation with your dentist will determine which sedation options will be appropriate for you.
Next, your dentist will outline your available sedation options and describe all side effects and instructions. With their recommendation and your input, we can help you choose the right option for your procedure.
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For most cases, sedation is used to treat dental anxiety. Dental anxiety is extremely common for patients of all ages and can keep people from getting the care they need. If you are anxious or nervous about coming to the dentist, sedation can help you feel more safe and comfortable.
Sedation also minimizes pain and discomfort during more invasive procedures, such as tooth extractions and dental implant placements. It also helps you feel more comfortable if you require multiple dental procedures and need to sit still for several hours during treatment.
If you are healthy, do not have a history of drug abuse, and are not taking any medications that may interfere with the sedation process, you should be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is very safe and is an option for most patients. Reach out to our team to learn more about your options.
Each sedation option feels a little different, so it depends on the method you choose. Laughing gas will make you feel light-headed, giggly, and relaxed, but you will be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. You will also feel less discomfort during treatment.
General anesthesia is the deepest level of sedation. You will be completely unconscious and will not feel anything or remember anything from your procedure.
Absolutely. Our team is qualified and experienced in providing all methods of sedation dentistry. While deeper methods of sedation like oral conscious sedation have more prolonged side effects compared to laughing gas, they are still very safe, and they have no serious risks to your health or well-being if you are a good candidate for sedation.