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Sedation dentistry

A gentle solution for anxious patients

Dental anxiety is as old as the practice of dentistry itself. It knows no age limits, and can stem from a host of other fears, such as that of pain, injection, bleeding, and helplessness.

Through the years, dentists have invested much into their practice to ease dental anxiety, and the results have resulted in a win-win situation for everyone involved.

But before televisions and piped-in music made their appearance in dental offices, easing dental anxiety was as simple as a piece of candy.

Are you avoiding the dentist because of fear and anxiety? Sedation dentistry keeps you relaxed and aware during an appointment. No pain, no stress, just better oral health. Sedation can be the right solution if you have:

3 types of sedation dentistry

  1. Inhalation sedation. Mild nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is combined with local anesthetic to numb pain and keep you feeling relaxed.
  2. Oral sedation. You take a pill before your appointment, and enter a state of complete relaxation during treatment. (This is usually combined with local anesthetic.)
  3. IV sedation. Administered directly into the bloodstream, this option offers the deepest level of sedation without general anesthesia.

If you choose oral or IV sedation, a responsible companion must accompany you to and from the visit, and stay with you for a few hours after you get home. You'll have time to recover from the effects of the sedation before leaving the office, and you can resume normal activities within 12-24 hours.

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