Dental Sedation

Dental anxiety is an incredibly common problem, for patients of all ages. If your fear of the dentist has prevented you from receiving necessary dental care, you’re all too familiar with how frustrating this anxiety can be. Dental phobia can lead to missed exams and more serious dental problems in the future. Prevention is the best course of action, and if you’re not visiting the office twice a year you don’t have the same opportunity to prevent cavities and gum disease.

Sedation dentistry changes that. With the aid of sedation, you can receive dental care without your heart racing and without your nerves on edge. If you’ve been uncomfortable in the dentist’s office before, reach out to our team so that we can discuss your sedation options. Don’t be uncomfortable bringing up your dental anxiety – end the cycle by engaging with new, more positive experiences in the office.

How does sedation work?

If you’ve ever had a cavity filled, you’re familiar with local anesthesia. These shots of anesthetic numb the treatment area so that you don’t experience pain during the procedure. But for some patients, anesthesia alone is not enough. Maybe they have a fear of needles, so receiving those shots is stressful. Or maybe they have a sensitive gag reflex, and are nervous about having a choking sensation during treatment. Or maybe their teeth are extremely sensitive, and the anesthesia doesn’t feel like it will be adequate to prevent discomfort.

Patients in any of those situations will benefit from dental sedation. While anesthesia prevents pain signals from reaching your brain, sedation ensures that you remain calm. There are many different options for sedation, and our team will work with you to determine which one is appropriate for your needs and your anxiety level.

Who is a candidate for dental sedation?

It’s important to note that you will need to speak with a member of our team to receive a personal recommendation for sedation. That said, there are certain groups that benefit most from dental sedation. Some of these include:

  • Patients with extreme tooth sensitivity or low pain tolerance
  • Patients with trauma from past negative dental procedures
  • Restless individuals who are concerned about sitting in the dental chair for a long period of team (especially for more involved procedures like implant placement or full mouth reconstruction). This may also include children who are uncomfortable with dental procedures and unable to sit still.
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex who are uncomfortable having dental tools in their mouths

With sedation, you have the opportunity to change your experience in the office. Even if you have had uncomfortable or negative dental treatments in the past, experiencing treatment anew with a fresh perspective will transform your overall anxiety. You will be able to move forward knowing that dental care can be comfortable, and even pleasant.

What types of sedation are available with Elite Dental and Denture?

Please keep in mind that if you are receiving sedation, you will need to have a friend or family member drive you home from your appointment.

  1. Oral sedation – With this type of sedation, your dentist prescribes an anti-anxiety medication for you to take immediately prior to your appointment. You will be relaxed once you are in the dental chair, and comfortable throughout the procedure. The medication is taken in a pill form and the process is straightforward.
  2. Nitrous oxide – Nitrous is inhaled throughout your procedure, leading to a sense of calm/euphoria. Nitrous has been in use as dental sedation for many years and is easy to control throughout the procedure so that you are in an ideal mental state.
  3. IV conscious sedation – Elite Dental & Denture is excited to announce that we have begun to offer IV sedation. This option induces a twilight state, so that the patient is not asleep but is extremely calm. Patients are responsible to prompts and not unconscious, but the procedure seems to fly be and is over before they know it. IV sedation is ideal for patients with severe dental anxiety.

If you are interested in sedation, please reach out so that we can determine your ideal option.