What Types of Sedation Are Used At The Dentist?

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SedationIf you put off going to the dentist due to anxiety, you are not alone. Millions of Americans are affected by dental phobia each year and many suffer health consequences as a result. At Aesthetic Dental Care, we can use state-of-the-art techniques to prevent dental phobia from coming in between you and a healthy smile.

One of the ways we can make you feel more comfortable at the dentist is with oral conscious sedation. With this method of sedation dentistry, you take a small pill by mouth about an hour before your appointment. When you arrive at our office, you should feel drowsy and deeply relaxed, though you will still have the ability to freely communicate. During your treatment, an experienced dental assistant monitors your vital signs to maximize your safety. Many of our patients who undergo oral conscious sedation enter a state that closely mimics sleep and do not remember the details of their procedure.

IV sedation is an alternate form of sedation dentistry that can also put you in a sleep-like state and relieve dental anxiety. We use a board-certified anesthesiologist to administer the anesthesia directly into the bloodstream. Patients who receive IV sedation should arrange for a friend or a loved one to drive them home after their appointment.

For patients considering procedures such as dental implants or porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry can put you at ease and eliminate dental phobia. During the consultation process, we will discuss which form of sedation dentistry may best meet your individual needs. To learn more about sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.