All About Sedation Dentistry

relaxedwomancircleHas it been a while since you have scheduled a preventive care visit? Perhaps you have a cavity or other concern that you know is pressing but you can’t seem to convince yourself to pick up the phone and call us. While you may feel isolated in your anxiety or hesitation, you’re certainly not on your own on this one. Many patients – millions, in fact – avoid the dental care they need, often as the result of severe dental anxiety. Rather than avoid care, we encourage you to learn more about how sedation dentistry can offer a relaxing, enjoyable appointment.

What Is Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is something we offer to promote a very relaxing, tranquil experience. You may receive one of a variety of sedative options that will provide you with a deep sense of ease – though you will remain conscious during your appointment. Sedatives are a class of medicines that relax your central nervous system, so you can kiss anxiety and general nervousness goodbye.

What Types Do You Offer?

We offer a variety of sedation dentistry solutions to ensure we meet the varying needs and preferences of our patients, including the following:

  • Nitrous Oxide: Administered through a mask, you will inhale this sedative for gentle sedation that takes the edge off of your nerves.
  • Oral Sedation: By swallowing a pill, this sedative offers a deeper state of calm that begins before your visit.
  • IV Sedation: We will administer this sedation dentistry option intravenously for a very deep state of tranquility.