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No Need To Be Afraid

Lady alseep with sedationDoes your heart start beating out of your chest at the mere mention of the word, “dentist”? Does the thought of actually sitting in a dental chair cause you to break out in a sweat and start gasping for air? Have you neglected your dental health for years because of this fear?

Today’s dentistry has the perfect solution for you.

Do you know that you can actually relax through your next dental appointment? Sound too good to be true? Call Toothville Family Dentistry and let us explain sedation dentistry to you. After we do, we’re confident that you’ll schedule what might very well be a long overdue appointment and take sedation dentistry for a test drive.

Trust us when we say, “You’ll love it here!”

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry goes by several names – conscious sedation, relaxation dentistry or oral sedation – but the effect is the same. Your pain and anxiety are kept under control as you remain just below the level of consciousness during your dental procedure. Conscious sedation allows the patient to respond to questions or commands and to breathe normally, but he or she will have little or no memory of the procedure upon awakening. Because you are thoroughly relaxed and comfortable, the doctor can perform procedures that might ordinarily take years to complete in only one or two visits!

Are There Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?

There are several ways to administer the relaxing benefits of sedation dentistry:

  • Nitrous oxide – Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax, but not fall asleep. The amount of sedation can be controlled and many people are able to drive home after the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation – Oral sedation is the most common form of sedation dentistry. The level of sedation can range from minimal to moderate. An hour before your procedure, you will take a pill (similar to Valium), making you drowsy but still awake. Some people do fall asleep with oral sedation but can be woken with a gentle shake.
  • IV Sedation – IV sedation is ideal for patients who wish not to be full aware of what is happening in the dental chair. This can be for many reasons: a past traumatic experience, anxiety about dental procedures, discomfort with sitting through several dental procedures, dislike of sounds at the dental office, or the patient needs extensive dental work and IV sedation helps them get through many procedures at once. IV sedation is administered through a thin needle into the vein and the effect is described as “twilight sleep.” You will feel comfortable and calm and will be able to better tolerate dental procedures. Some people fall asleep, some drift in and out of sleep, and some are more or less awake. The dentist is able to control the amount of sedation and is also able to reverse the sedation.

What to Expect

Prior to IV sedation, patients will need to sign an informed consent form. They also must agree to follow all pre-operative instructions, which could include not eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to the procedure.

An escort must accompany the patient to the office, remain on-site during the procedure, and bring the patient home. This escort should remain with the patient until the medication has completely worn off.

The medication will produce a sleepy, relaxing effect. Our staff will continuously monitor vital statistics, and the patient will not be left alone while under IV sedation. Patient safety is our primary concern.

Once the procedure is completed, the medication will be turned off, and the IV removed. Patients will remain on-site until they can stand and walk normally.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

During your dental treatment, we constantly monitor your vital signs to make sure everything is normal. The doctor has been carefully trained in sedation dentistry, so there is no need for any additional worry! Many dentists around the world now use sedation dentistry because it is considered to be so safe.

Sedation dentistry allows Toothville Family Dentistry to offer you the optimal environment to complete multiple treatments in only one or two appointments. You remain calm and relaxed while we do all the work to improve your smile!

Toothville Family Dentistry | (587) 755-6688