Allowing those who suffer from anxiety, while undergoing dental procedures, to enjoy comfort and relaxation, sedation dentistry makes every visit to the dentist’s office a stress-free experience. Proven safe and unquestionably effective, sedation dentistry also ensures a seamless process for your dentist, eliminating the fear that rises from the sounds, smells, and sights of common dental treatments
Closely regulated, sedation dentistry includes three various states of relaxation.
Mild Sedation — Usually administered orally, anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation and is used most often with those who experience mild anxiety when undergoing treatment. With mild sedation, patients generally remain awake but sleepy while experiencing enhanced relaxation. Patients are able to breathe on their own throughout the procedure and can recover from the effects within just a few hours. Nitrous oxide inhalation is another form of mild sedation.
Moderate Sedation — Delivering a slightly deeper state of relaxation, moderate sedation techniques generally involve the use of light IV injections. Patients remain awake but are in a deep state of relaxation, feeling no stress, pain or anxiety throughout the procedure. Those patients receiving moderate sedation dentistry are expected to bring a friend or family member as they will be unable to drive after the treatment and will experience hours of continued enhanced relaxation.
Deep Sedation — Used only for those complicated, longer-lasting procedures, deep sedation techniques often make patients transition between conscious and unconscious states during the duration of the treatment. Patients usually have no recollection of the event and are unable to respond to even simple commands during dental care procedures. It is required that patients undergoing deep sedation are assisted by a family member or friend as the effects of sedation will generally last for several hours.
At our office sedatives are administered by either oral medication, gas inhalation, or IV injection.
If you have a history of anxiety and distress when visiting the dentist, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. Contact us now for a patient consultation to find out more.