Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs. Sometimes called relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety during professional dental care through the use of medication.
You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:
- High fear of dental care
- Complex dental problems
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Fear of needles and shots
- Trouble getting numb
- Sensitive teeth
The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:
- Oral Conscious Sedation
- Inhalation Sedation
Oral Conscious Sedation
Through this type of sedation you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your doctor will provide you with an oral medication that is easy to swallow and safe. Children are usually given a liquid medication like Meperidine and Vistaril. When the medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to external requests.
Inhalation sedation uses Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.
We offer in house general anesthesia with Ambulatory Anesthesia Associates. Learn more on their website: http://www.comfortabledentalcare.com/aaapatients.html.
General anesthesia is beneficial because it allows our office to treat children that are young in age, have anxiety about treatment or have a complex restorative case that involves multiple visits, etc.
Done in the comfort of our dental office which eliminates a trip to the hospital and greatly reduces the cost to the patient.