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Sedation Dentistry

Kids and adults can be overwhelmed or frightened when someone mentions a dentist. Dental anxiety is when a patient is fearful or anxious before going to the doctor. This syndrome usually stems from an adverse visit or being fearful of dentists.

When you call Smile Time Dental to schedule a consultation be sure to tell them that you experience dental anxiety so we can appropriately prepare for your session. For many clients anxiety and worry is the most uncomfortable not the actual treatment. We will prescribe laughing gas or oral sedative will be administered ahead of the treatment to help the subject relax. These aids will help ease anxiety and helps relax the patient to allow the dentist to finish your treatment. Laughing gas is used on both adults and kids and are administered at various dosages.

Sedation dentistry is used when a patient has dental phobia/anxiety. We offer multiple solutions for people that struggle with dental anxiety to ensure their appointment is stress free. These aids are available to people who evade the dentist to receive proper treatment. Everyone will have different degrees of anxiety the dentist will determine the type or combination of sedatives.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a mask referred to as laughing gas. The patient will inhale the gas to induce a tranquil state. Along with the gas a local anesthetic would be applied to eliminate discomfort.

Oral Sedatives

A pharmaceutical medication will be administered thirty minutes to an hour or 12 hours before the treatment. Oral sedatives is not a pain reliever an anesthetic will be applied to the affected area.

Intravenous IV

Sedation IV sedation provides medication distributed through a small needle inserted into a vein in your hand. IV sedation does relieve pain an anesthetic will be applied to the affected area. IV sedation has the patient in a relaxed state.

If you or your loved one suffer from anxiety and are interested in sedation dentistry contact Smile Time Dental. We take the time to understand your concerns and create a treatment plan that’s right for you. The doctor will ask about medical issues and any allergies that affect you. Generally if you have taken sedation or medication before and did not have adverse effects you should do well with sedation dentistry. Before any dental work make sure you understand the procedure before making a decision if not ask questions we want the best for your goals and health.

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Sedation Dentistry FAQ

Q: Will I feel the pain? 

A: Majority of patients do not experience discomfort during the treatment. 

Q: Will I be fully relaxed? 

A: You will be given a safe amount of sedation so that your will be unaware of the procedure as if you were asleep. 

Q: Will I remember the procedure? 

A: After the treatment you will have little to no memory of your appointment. 

Q: Will I be dazed or groggy after my appointment? 

A: Every person can be different so we do require to have someone drive you home after your procedure. 

Q: Is sedation dentistry right for me? 

A: Before the treatment we sit down with you to review your medical history and our team of specialists monitor you extremely close while under sedation.

Q: Does dental sedation have risks? 

A: In any procedure there is always a risk before your treatment we will review the risks in a pre-appointment so we can answer any questions. the safety and comfort of our patients is our highest priority and we follow the guidelines provided by the american academy of pediatric dentistry along with having up to date monitoring equipment. 

Q: Who decides if my child receives dental sedation? 

A: The parent will decide on a treatment plan that was recommended by your family dentist. the treatment plan will be determined by your childs x-rays and medical history to determine if dental sedation is beneficial for your child.