Sedation dentistry is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. Dental sedation uses medication to help patients rest in a comfortable, relaxed, or even a sleep state so they can avoid anxiety or apprehension and still receive the care they need. These patients, who might otherwise avoid the dentist, can receive the dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile by taking advantage of our sedation dentistry techniques.
Who May Need Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry may be recommended for any individual with dental phobia or anxiety that may prevent them from going to the dentist. This could include anyone with a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, heart troubles, or a number of other issues. Patients who cannot cooperate or sit still in the dentist’s chair, as well as patients who have previously had unpleasant dental experiences, are also good candidates. Specific groups that are more likely to need sedation dentistry include small children and special needs patients.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
- Calms anxiety and fear
- Provides a pain-free experience
- Helps patients relax during dental treatment
- Allows certain patients to receive dental care they would otherwise avoid
- Safe even for children
Sedation Dentistry Techniques
We are happy to offer a number of sedation dentistry techniques to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible. All of the following techniques can help our patients relax fully in a stress-free state during their dental care. Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of sedation can be utilized. Local anesthesia will be administered in combination with dental sedation to eliminate pain during your dental treatment.
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and induces a state of relaxation. Patients can drive themselves home after nitrous oxide sedation, as it tends to wear off quickly. Nitrous oxide is safe for children.
- Oral Sedation: Patients take a pill about an hour before their procedure. Depending on the dosage, this will either make you drowsy (but still awake) or significantly groggy to the point where you may fall asleep during treatment.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, please call us at (610) 746-0488 today.