Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry at Relaxation Dental Specialties

There are many reasons you might consider sedation dentistry for your dental treatments. Whether you're dealing with dental anxiety, pain, or other conditions, Relaxation Dental Specialties offers sedation dentistry to help you feel more comfortable during dental visits. Our team of dental professionals are some of the only experienced and certified sedation dentists in the area, ensuring that you can have a safe and pain-free treatment.

What is Dental Anxiety?

If you're scared of the dentist to the point that you avoid appointments, then chances are that you have dental anxiety. Having dental anxiety can feel like an embarrassing condition. Don't be embarrassed. Dental anxiety is incredibly common. About 9 to 15% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety, and would rather live with gum disease, broken teeth, and even tooth loss than go to the dentist. In less severe degrees of dental anxiety, patients will force themselves to go to the dentist but might have panicked feelings before and during the appointment. Like most mental disorders, dental anxiety can be treated with medication.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients feel more relaxed during their dental treatments. During most sedation treatments, patients are awake, unless they require deep sedation or general anesthesia. Two of the most common types of sedation are oral conscious sedation and IV sedation. Both forms of sedation can offer light to deeper levels of sedation.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation is an effective medication for treating mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. These forms of sedation are better options for patients that have needle phobias. Oral sedation is typically administered in two different forms, through a pill form before the appointment or through a nitrous oxide mask.

  • Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of minimal sedation, where a mask is placed over your nose to administer nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide will help you relax in a controlled manner. Laughing gas wears off quickly, and you will most likely be able to drive yourself home after the procedure. Nitrous oxide is often used with smaller children, since it is one of the safest forms of sedation.

  • Oral sedation medication: Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Oral sedation pills can offer minimal to moderate sedation. With minimal sedation pills, you will remain awake but feel a little bit drowsy. In larger doses, you will experience moderate sedation, which might make you feel a little bit groggy afterwards, or cause you to fall asleep during the procedure. Your dentist will be able to wake you up with a light nudge.

IV Sedation

Like oral conscious sedation, IV Sedation will induce a moderate form of sedation, only the medication is injected intravenously. The main difference between IV sedation and oral sedation is that IV sedation takes effect much quicker. IV sedation levels can also be adjusted throughout your entire dental treatment.

Who is Eligible for Sedation Dentistry?

Most patients are eligible candidates for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry can help treat the following conditions:

  • Fear of the dentist, OCD, or other anxiety disorders

  • Fear from traumatic dental experiences in the past

  • Resistance to local anesthesia or inability to get numb

  • Sensitive gag reflexes

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Advanced dental problems that need long treatments

  • Inability to sit still

  • Fear of needles

Sedation dentistry can also help patients that are embarrassed about their teeth, or who do not want any memory of their treatment. Oral sedation can help you relax for five to six hours after ingesting the pill, which can help you stay relaxed to complete multiple dental treatments in one sitting.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe when it is administered by certified and experienced dentists. At Relaxation Dental Specialties, your safety is our main priority. Our dental experts are experienced with additional training and certifications in sedation treatments.
During your sedation treatment at Relaxation Dental Specialties, one of our staff will remain with you at all times, monitoring your vitals. Patients with certain conditions, like obesity or obstructive sleep apnea should make sure they address this before their treatment. To rule out any risks, you should make sure you discuss your medical history with Dr. Brown before your treatment.

Sedation Dentistry at Relaxation Dental Specialties

The Dentists at Relaxation Dental Specialties are empathetic of patients suffering from dental anxiety and want you to feel safe and comfortable during your dental appointments. We make your dental visit feel like a spa trip by using advanced dental relaxation techniques and conscious sedation technology. Stop postponing your dental treatments today, schedule an appointment at Relaxation Dental Specialties.