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What is Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
It is entirely normal to feel nervous, anxious and downright panicked over visiting the dental office. While we do everything we can to improve our patients’ experience, past experiences and a life-long phobia of dentists can get in the way of receiving the care that you need. For this reason, we offer sedation to help keep you calm and relaxed for any or all of your appointments. This sedation is safe, effective and can be beneficial for children and adults alike.
Why would Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry be needed?
You might have a medical condition that prevents you from sitting still for long periods of time. You may suffer panic attacks or severe anxiety before and during the appointment. For more invasive procedures and surgeries, we may even recommend that you undergo sedation to make treatment as comfortable as possible for you. Sedation can be beneficial for a wide variety of different situations when coming into our dental office.
Who is a candidate for Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry?
Sedation is always administered in a safe and efficient manner. We do everything we can to ensure that you and your family are monitored whenever sedation is in use. We will review your health and medical history to determine if sedation is right for you. It is important that you have someone with you when undergoing any type of sedation so that they can bring you home.
What happens during the Sedation (Sleep) Dentistry process?
For our nitrous oxide sedation, we will place a small and comfortable mask over just your nose. You’ll breathe in a sweet-smelling sedative that will deeply relax you while you are receiving care. Our oral sedation option involves taking a tiny pill and feeling the relaxing benefits that it will offer to you. This pill is often taken about 30 minutes prior to your appointment, so you may need to have someone bring you to and from the office. Our IV sedation is better suited to surgical patients and those undergoing more complex procedures.
If you’d like to learn more about our sedative options, call us today to speak with one of our friendly staff members.