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What is Sedation Dentistry?
Whether you’re nervous about visiting the dentist or need a more invasive procedure done, you may benefit from sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is safely monitored and administered at all times. It’s ideal for pediatric and adult patients looking for a way to relax fully while having dental work done. If you’ve found that you’re forgoing dental treatment because of fear and anxiety, now is the time to take control of your smile with the help of sedation dentistry.
Why is Sedation Dentistry needed?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, is helpful for patients who need to relax in the dental office. You’re not alone if you have a fear or even phobia of going to the dentist. Unfortunately, when you continually skip dental appointments, this only hurts your dental health. Some reasons you’d want to consider sedation dentistry include:
- You have severe fears and anxieties over visiting the dentist
- You continually forgo treatment because of this fear
- You need to have a more invasive procedure done, like oral surgery
- Your child shows fear and severe anxiety when visiting the dentist
- You have a disability of some kind that makes it hard to sit still for appointments
- You have a special needs child in need of dental care
- You would rather not hear or smell anything being done during the procedure
Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation is safely administered to patients of all ages. It can be beneficial for children, teens, adults and seniors alike. We will go over your health and medical history to ensure that sedation is the right choice for you. We offer a few different sedative options to make it easy for you to choose the one that you want for your next procedure.
What happens during Sedation Dentistry?
We first consult with you to discuss the different sedation options available to you. You will then come into the office for your appointment and have the sedative administered. For oral sedation, we’ll provide you with a pill that should be taken before the actual procedure. This will help to relax you, but it will not put you to sleep while in the office. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a small mask that is placed over the nose. You’ll breathe the gas and be put into a deeply relaxed state. IV sedation is helpful for patients undergoing oral surgeries and more complex procedures. You will need to have someone bring you home from the office when undergoing sedation.
If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry and want to learn more, call us today and we can get you into our convenient office with low wait times.