If you suffer from dental anxiety, have had negative experiences at the dental office in the past or feel nervous about your treatment, our dentists may recommend sedation dentistry to help you feel at ease in our office so that you can receive the treatment you need. Sedation dentistry may also be recommended if you have difficulty getting numb or have a sensitive gag reflex.
Sedation dentistry involves using a sedative medication to help you feel relaxed, calm and comfortable. There are several types of sedation available, ranging from mild forms of sedation that simply help you feel relaxed to deeper forms of sedation which put you to sleep for the duration of your treatment. Prior to providing you with dental sedation, our dentists will meet with you to discuss your options. We will review your oral health needs, medical history and treatment options with you. We will also discuss your level of comfort in the dental office. This will help us determine which form of sedation will provide you with the best results.
There are four levels of sedation:
Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, our dentists and team will monitor you closely during your visit to ensure that you are safe and comfortable. We may also provide you with instructions on how to prepare to receive sedation or what you should do after an appointment where you received sedation dentistry. For example, some forms of sedation dentistry require you to have someone available to drive you to and from your appointment.
If you have any questions about sedation dentistry or would like to schedule a consultation with our dentists, please contact our office today.