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Sedation Dentistry Options to Help Reduce Anxiety

Does the thought of a trip to your dentist make your entire body tense up with fear and anxiety? You are not alone. Many people have dental phobia and would rather endure the agony of a toothache rather than set foot in a dentist’s office. If you are one of these individuals, sedation dentistry may be right for you. You will be able to relax, and your dental experience will be pleasant and stress-free. We are here to help alleviate any anxiety and ensure your comfort while providing you with quality care and treatments.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves administering medication to help patients of all ages relax during dental procedures. There are varying levels of sedation depending on your needs. You will likely be awake during sedation, except for general anesthesia. Regardless of the type of sedative you receive, you will also need a local anesthetic to numb the site of your dental procedure.

Types of Sedation

Inhaled Minimal Sedation: Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas is combined with oxygen and delivered through a mask placed over your nose. You will stay awake but will feel relaxed. This form of sedation wears off quickly allowing you to drive home after your procedure.

Oral Sedation: This type of sedation can range from minimal to moderate, depending on the dose administered. For minimal sedation, you will take a pill about an hour before the procedure. You will feel drowsy and relaxed but will remain awake. A higher dose will produce moderate sedation, which is the most commonly used sedation for dental procedures. You may feel groggy or even fall asleep. A gentle shake will usually wake you up.

IV Moderate Sedation: The sedative drug is administered through a vein, allowing for continually adjusting the level of sedation. You will be awake but will feel relaxed during the procedure. You will require some recovery time after you leave the office.

Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia: Sedative medication will make you sleep deeply. General anesthesia will render you unconscious throughout your dental treatment. You will wake up when the effects of the anesthesia wear off.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry has been shown to be a safe procedure when administered by a trained dentist. As with any treatment, make sure to talk to us about any health conditions or medications you are currently taking. We at Dr. Rick's Dentistry have extensive experience in dental sedation practices. We will examine your medical history before any sedation, as well as monitor your vital signs during the procedure. Your safety and comfort are our primary concerns.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

You have no reason to put off any needed dental treatments. Our sedation dentistry options will ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout any dental procedure. Call us today at Dr. Rick's Dentistry in North Scottsdale to learn more about sedation dentistry and if it is right for you. We are committed to providing you with quality care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We look forward to caring for your oral health!