Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. 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.
Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives. After thoroughly reviewing your medical history, one of our dentists will prescribe two doses of a sedative drug to be taken at home prior to your appointment. You must have a trustworthy friend or family member drive you to the dental office. Once in the office, an additional dose is sometimes needed. During the dental treatment, you will feel calm and relaxed.
A local anesthetic will be administered to pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue. However, this injection will occur after you are already sedated and comfortable, so you will likely not be bothered by the injection. You will feel the effects of the sedation for a few hours after treatment, so you must have a trustworthy friend or family member to drive you home. To learn how sedation dentistry can help you, please call our office or ask our staff during your next appointment.