Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United States and Canada to quell patient fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; and some even sleep through the treatment! While sedation dentistry has occasionally been called “sleep dentistry”, it is not something that is promised. While some fall asleep, many don’t. In reality, oral sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation, but relaxes them and makes it unlikely that they will remember much about their treatment.
We also offer other levels of sedation such as nitrous oxide. More commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation dentistry that offers a state of relaxation to the patient.
Patients who are apprehensive about receiving dental treatment often avoid going to the dentist. Ultimately, this avoidance can lead to advanced disease and the need for expensive treatments that could have been avoided.
Oral sedation provides a safe, effective way to alleviate dental anxiety and provide patients with the treatment they need.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Oral sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have any of the following concerns:
- Discomfort with Needles and Shots
- Dental Anxiety
- Difficulty Getting Numb
- Very Sensitive Teeth
- Extensive Dental Needs
Another great advantage of sedation dentistry is that it saves you time! Complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can now be performed in one or two appointments. If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you don’t have the time to make multiple trips to the dentist, sedation dentistry is your answer – all while making you feel comfortable during the treatment process.