Oral Sedation Dentistry

A Relaxing, Anxiety-Free Experience

Sedation Dentistry is a process used to establish a calm state through the use of an oral sedative. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia. This dental phobia prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health of not only their mouth and smile but their overall health as well.

Sedation dentistry gives patients an alternative to traditional inhaled nitrous oxide and IVs, with a "no needle" (no injection) approach that many people find more appealing.

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Oral Sedation

  • The most common technique used in the United States to quell patient fears.
  • The technique is easy and requires no needles. Oral sedation drugs are taken by mouth beginning the night before treatment and the morning of treatment to induce minimal to moderate sedation. Patients often describe oral sedation as the experience of being asleep but are able to move, speak, and respond to verbal requests.
  • Sedation is different from anesthetic injections. Although some forms of sedation (such as nitrous oxide gas) may raise your threshold for pain, most dental treatments still require a local anesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed.
  • A local anesthetic will temporarily block pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue. However, this injection will occur after you are already sedated and comfortable, so most likely you won't be bothered by or remember the sensation of having the injection.
  • A responsible caregiver should accompany you to the procedure to provide transportation home and stay with you for an additional two to four hours.

Benefits of Oral Sedation Dentistry

  • Time is elusive. It may feel like the procedure lasted only minutes, when in fact it may have taken hours.
  • Dental sedation can help regain your health and have the fabulous smile you have always wanted.
  • Allows you to feel comfortable during the treatment process and helps you achieve a great smile. With sedation dentistry, you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Your mind and body are stress free and you can focus on feeling peaceful, not anxious. Your apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain melt away.
  • Sedation dentistry patients are more likely to receive recommended routine dental care thereby minimizing drastic dental treatments.

Safety

  • Sedation medications are chosen based on a patient's medical history.
  • A medical consultation is performed with the patient's physician.
  • Thorough medical history and drug interaction screening is performed.
  • Your vital signs are monitored using equipment like a pulse oximeter with a blood pressure monitor.