Many people fear dental procedures. They worry about the pain they might feel as well as their vulnerability and potential discomfort. Sedation dentistry can definitely help patients feel more relaxed during dental work.

We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • Fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • Fear of needles
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Complex dental issues
  • Low pain threshold
  • Difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
  • Difficulty getting numb from anesthetics
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Limited time to complete dental work

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows us to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when they visit our office. With sedation, the dentist administers a drug before or during the dental procedure.

The levels of sedation used include:

  • Minimal sedation – you are awake but relaxed
  • Moderate sedation – you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure
  • Deep sedation – you are on the edge of consciousness, but can still be awakened
  • General anesthesia – you are completely unconscious

What types of sedation are used at Dentistry on 88?

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: You breathe nitrous oxide known as “laughing gas” combined with oxygen through a mask that is placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the most frequently used method for easing mild-to-moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick, so you can resume your normal activities. 
  • Oral sedation: An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you will be given a prescription pill, which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office. 

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic (numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth) to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

Contact us to learn more about sedation dentistry, or with any questions you may have.


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