Many people avoid going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety. These fears can keep patients from getting much needed dental work completed or keep them from making their routine maintenance and cleaning visits. This can effect the individual’s oral health care when it is not regularly addressed by a professional. With sedation dentistry, a dental visit will no longer be a frightening or uncomfortable experience.
Sedation dentistry allows a patient to relax and have a pleasurable experience at the dentist, instead of one based on fear and anxiety. Sedation can be used for anything from routine cleanings to multiple procedures, such as veneers, root canals, or extensive cosmetic work.
Sedation dentistry does not mean that the patient will be unconscious. The oral sedation medication we use helps to reduce the anxiety level and relax the patient to the point where he or she will be in a state similar to sleep and will feel no anxiety during the treatment. We also offer a moderate sedation with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which will bring about a state of complete relaxation. A local anesthetic is also administered so that there will be no pain.