Sedation Dentistry

Many people have fear and anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist, so they avoid going altogether. However these fears can keep a patient from getting much needed dental work completed and it can keep them from scheduling their dental visits for even routine maintenance and cleaning. This can ultimately affect the patient’s overall oral health when they do not regularly consult with a dental professional. One solution that would provide relief for so many is sedation dentistry.  This provides a way for a trip to the dentist to no longer be scary or uncomfortable. 
Sedation dentistry in Bristol, VA and Blountville, TN, is the use of a sedative which can allow a patient to relax and remove that fear and anxiety, and instead have a pleasurable experience at the dentist. Sedation can be used for any type of dental work including routine cleanings, to common procedures such as veneers, fillings, root canals, or even extensive cosmetic work. 
It’s important to understand that sedation dentistry does not involve putting a patient under, meaning  that the patient will be conscious the whole time. The oral sedation medication that we use will help reduce the patient’s anxiety level and allow the patient to relax to the point where he or she will be in a state that is similar to sleep.  This way the patient will feel no anxiety during the treatment.  They will be completely relaxed.  We also offer a more moderate sedation solution via nitrous oxide (aka laughing gas), which will help the patient achieve complete relaxation.  Local anesthetic is also administered so that there will be no physical pain. These options provide a solution for patients with dental anxiety so that they can get the care they need.