Sedation Dentistry

Facts about sedation dentistry

How does sedation dentistry work?

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Most people can manage dental treatment with little more than some slight anxiety. For some people, however, going to the dentist is a lot more traumatic. Whether it was a bad experience as a child or some other issue, the fear makes it very difficult for some people to take care of themselves. We know that people who avoid dental treatment due to excessive fear and anxiety don't get the work they know they want and need. They don't have a nice smile and their dental problems get worse. This causes them even more worry. Dental phobias are serious business, and we treat them as such.

At Comfort Dental, we understand that these dental fears are real and that dealing with people's concerns is just as important as fixing their cavities. That is why we offer Sedation Dentistry.

We offer Oral Sedation which is typically a sedative given in pill form and may be supplemented by medicated air to breathe containing nitrous oxide. For some patients, nitrous oxide alone is enough to help them feel at ease during treatment. For the larger cases or those more anxious, we also have a board-certified anesthesiologist that will come in and administer IV sedation.

After any visit with sedation, you will find that you won't remember very much, even though you'll feel fine. You must be accompanied by a responsible adult who can also take you home and keep an eye on you for the next few hours. Even though you may think you feel okay, you could lose your balance and slip and fall, so be sure to take it easy for the rest of the day.

At Comfort Dental of Anderson, we want to do everything we can to make your visits as pleasant as possible. Let us know any way we can help.

Facts about sedation dentistry

You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won't remember any sounds or smells.

You can sleep for up to five to six hours after taking the pill. The time you are asleep will vary depending on your needed treatment.

Through sedation, complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one! All while you sleep.

People who have difficulty getting numb have no problem when relaxed and asleep.

Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

How does sedation dentistry work?

When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the sleep room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, the staff at Comfort Dental will take care of your dental needs.

When your treatment is completed your companion will return you home to finish your relaxing sleep.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

People with:

  • high fear.
  • previous traumatic dental experiences.
  • difficulty getting numb.
  • a bad gag reflex.
  • very sensitive teeth.
  • limited time to complete their dental care.
  • complex dental problems.
  • disabilities that preclude them from receiving traditional dental services.
  • embarrassment about their teeth.
  • hatred for needles and shots.
  • hatred for the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care.

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