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If you feel anxiety at the thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair, sedation dentistry can help!

Sedation dentistry is a great option for people who are reticent about visiting the dentist. Sedatives allow you to remain conscious and relaxed during procedures, helping alleviate any anxiety that might come with it.

Methods of Sedation

There are several methods of sedation available:

Methods of sedation dentistry include oral medication, intravenous medications, nitrous oxide, conscious/light sedation and deep sedation.

Oral medication for adults usually includes oral Valium®, Xanax®, or Librium®.

Nitrous oxide is inhaled to calm the brain before the restorative dental procedure takes place.

Conscious sedation means that the individual remains awake throughout treatment but cannot consent – which requires an assistant to be with them at all times.

Deep Sedated patients are unconscious during treatment, so they have no awareness of pain or memory of any conversation occurring during their dental visit.

No matter which method you choose, you will be monitored during your sedation to ensure that you are safe during the procedure.

Benefits of Sedation

Sedation dentistry has many benefits that make dental care much more comfortable:
  • Reduce your anxiety about visiting the dentist
  • Provide relief from tooth pain
  • Subdue opponents of discomfort with conscious sedation before treatment for oral surgery
  • Help patients feel calm and relaxed during long dental treatments.
Thoughtful design, calming music, special lighting and soothing aromatherapy are all part of the sedation experience. There are even treatments for children where parents can enjoy family time or read to their child while they are being treated. These advances in dentistry mean no one needs to feel apprehensive about visiting a dentist anymore.
  • It allows you to complete dental work in fewer visits.
  • It helps alleviate anxiety and leaves you relaxed after your procedure.
  • It can keep you from remembering the sounds and smells often associated with dental anxiety.
If you are interested in sedation dentistry or have questions or concerns, please contact our office for more information. We will be happy to help you decide what’s right for you!