Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

woman under sedation dentistryMany patients fear going to the dentist, however, sedation dentistry can give you an anxiety-free dental visit. Sedation dentistry can be used during a wide range of dental procedures.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of sedatives to relax you during your dental care visit. Sedation can be used for dental procedures ranging from a dental cleaning to more invasive procedures, such as a root canal or tooth extraction. Different types of sedation include minimal moderate, and deep.

Sedation dentistry should not be confused with local anesthesia. An injection or gel, applied directly to a local area to numb it, is not part of sedation dentistry.

What Are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?

There are several different ways that sedation can be administered:

Inhaled Minimal Sedation (nitrous oxide)

Using a "laughing gas" and oxygen mix, the dentist places a mask over your nose, as you inhale. Your dentist will monitor and control the amount of mild sedation administered.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. Your dentist gives you a sedative that you take orally about an hour before the procedure. The pill(s) make you drowsy, however you’re still awake. You will receive a minimal dose for minimal sedation, and a larger dose if moderate sedation is required.

Nitrous oxide and oral sedation may be combined in certain situations:

Intravenous (IV) Moderate Sedation

An IV sedative is directly injected into your vein that provides you with deeper sedation. This type of sedation requires recovery time after you leave the office.

Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia

You are given medication that places you in a deep sleep during your dental procedure. Recovery time in the office will be required afterward.

Sedation Dentistry Benefits

Sedation dentistry is an effective and safe method to make you feel more relaxed during any dental procedure. If you’re fearful or anxious about your next dental visit, sedation dentistry can help with the following:

  • Anxiety relief during dental procedures
  • Sedation levels personalized to your needs
  • Different options for receiving sedation
  • Make a dental procedure seamless and efficient
  • Encourage you to visit the dentist more often

Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Anxiety and fear are not the only reasons that make good candidates for sedation dentistry. You’re also a good candidate for sedation dentistry if you:

  • Find it hard to sit still in the dentist’s chair
  • Have very sensitive teeth/gums
  • Low threshold for pain
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed

If you would like more information about sedation dentistry and how it can help benefit your next visit, make an appointment today with Cedar Mountain Dental in Newington, CT or call us at 860-667-2600. With over 30 years of dental expertise, our knowledgeable and caring dental staff is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating meaningful patient relationships that last.