What is Sedation Dentistry?

If you are fearful or anxious about visiting the dentist, sedation dentistry may be the right choice for you. Sedation dentistry can be used for patients with a deep-seated fear of the dentist, but it is also useful for performing delicate or lengthy procedures.

Sedation dentistry has a number of important advantages for patients who fear dental work and have been putting it off. Those advantages include:

  • Less anxiety and fear – before, during and after the dental visit
  • Less discomfort during lengthy or complicated procedures
  • A less stressful dental experience

The process of sedation is simple, safe and painless. If you have been putting off the dental work you need out of anxiety or fear, ask us for more information about your oral or inhalation sedation options.

Oral or Inhalation Sedation

Many people find going to the dentist a stressful experience. Whether that stress and fear is due to a past bad experience or not, oral or inhalation sedation can make the next dental visit easier.

The inhalation sedation your dentist uses is a light form of sedation, and it is typically used for patients who are fearful or anxious in the dental office. As the name implies, the sedation is administered through a nose inhalation, and the patient stays awake and responsive throughout the procedure. At the same time, the sedation takes the edge off and helps the patient relax.

Patients are able to breathe on their own throughout the procedure, and the effects of the sedation are typically last only a short time. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few hours.

 

If you are nervous about going to the dentist or putting off much needed dental care, you should ask us about sedation. Oral or Inhalation sedation can be especially valuable for men and women who:

  • Have a long lasting fear of dental work
  • Have experienced pain and discomfort at past dental visits
  • Experience anxiety when visiting the dentist
  • Are apprehensive, fearful or anxious about a specific procedure