Sedation Dentistry uses medication to help you relax for a better dental care experience. Sedation dentistry can even help patients with severe dental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits to meet your individual needs. Sedation allows your body to relax more completely. This increases the effectiveness of local anesthesia. Sedation dentistry reduces the sensation of passing time. This can be very useful if you need complex or multiple treatments in a single sitting. It also prevents your muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.
Who Needs Dental Sedation
Your dentist may recommend sedation if you suffer from:
- Dental anxiety
- Difficulty controlling movements
- Resistance to local anesthetics
- Dental sensitivity
For patients who have had traumatic dental experience or who are afraid of needles, sedation dentistry offers a way to pursue necessary dental treatment without triggering anxiety attacks. Even if you are comfortable in the dentist’s chair, dental sedation can make it easier to undergo longer appointments for extensive dental work.
Typically, sedation dentistry is combined with a local anesthetic to ensure you are comfortable throughout your procedure.
In every case, your sedation is closely monitored by our experienced dental professionals who ensure your safety and comfort.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Many patients prefer to use Oral Conscious Sedation or OCS for the deeper relaxation it provides. Though you are still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, you remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many patients have found they have little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with dental anxiety, this can be a great benefit. Patients will need a ride to and from their appointment.