Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry gets its name from the use of medications to prevent pain and calm anxiety during a dental procedure. Sedation is not the same as receiving anesthesia during surgery. In most cases you are not under general anesthesia, and instead receive either nitrous oxide or an oral sedative.

The experience of sedation dentistry varies depending on the type of sedation used and the individual's response to the medication.

With nitrous oxide, you inhale a mild gas through a mask and will typically feel a sense of relaxation and euphoria. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly after the gas is turned off, and most patients are able to drive themselves home after the procedure.

Oral sedation typically involves taking a pill about an hour before the dental procedure. The medication helps you feel relaxed and drowsy, but still able to respond to the dentist's instructions. Patients may feel groggy or tired for several hours after the procedure and will need someone to drive them home.

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Who is sedation dentistry appropriate for? It is used in a variety of situations, including for people who:

  • Have significant dental anxiety.
  • Experience significant pain during dental procedures.
  • Have very sensitive teeth.
  • Have a very strong gag reflex.
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed in a short time.

During sedation, patients are conscious and able to respond to verbal requests, but they enjoy a deeply relaxed state. An advantage of sedation is that patients typically recover quickly and are able to resume their normal activities in a short time.

When administered by a qualified and experienced dentist, sedation dentistry is a safe and well tolerated procedure that can make all the difference in situations of extreme dental anxiety, or when needed dental work may be extensive and time consuming.

The type of sedation that is right for you and your procedure will be discussed beforehand with the dentist. In some cases, moderate IV sedation using an intravenous sedative may be used, and deep sedation and general anesthesia are very rarely used or necessary.

Overall, the experience of sedation dentistry can help reduce anxiety and discomfort associated with dental procedures, and allow patients to receive the care they need in a more comfortable manner.

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Our Services Include

  • Preventative Dental Care
  • Periodontal Therapy
  • Composite Fillings
  • Extractions, Including Wisdom Teeth
  • Root Canals
  • Dental Implants
  • Ceramic Crowns and Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Invisalign®
  • Botox and Cosmetic Fillers
  • Diagnostic X-rays
  • Oral Cancer Screenings and Exams
  • Brush Biopsy
  • Dentures and Partials
  • Pit and Fissure Sealants
  • Nitrous Oxide and Sedation Dentistry Available