What is Sedation Dentistry? Never Put Off Dental Work Because of Fear Again!

Each patient has their own treatment needs. As such, we customize our sedation planning based on every individual patient’s unique needs and desires. There are many reasons to consider sedation as part of your dental treatment; and there are several different sedation dentistry options available to you. Whether you are fearful of a dental visit or wishing to comfortably accomplish a large amount of treatment at one time, there is a sedation option for you.

Sedation Dentistry Can Change Your Life

sedation dentistryIf you’ve been putting off years of dental work, sedation dentistry can change your life. Your dental health is a vital component of your overall health and wellbeing. It shouldn’t be neglected due to fear or nervousness, and now it doesn’t have to be. Sedation dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures performed. After an initial visit with us where all your questions and concerns will be answered, we’ll schedule your sedation appointment. You’ll find your treatment is performed more comfortably than you might ever have thought possible. You’ll be relaxed and unaware of the passing time. Our specially trained clinical team will make certain that you are completely comfortable and will monitor you continually throughout the appointment.

What are my Sedation Options?

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) – The most commonly used method for calming patients in the dental office. Laughing gas in mixed with oxygen and breathed in through the nose while your dental work is being completed. Patients often describe a warm, tingling, or euphoric sensation when at an ideal level of nitrous oxide sedation. You remain awake while breathing laughing gas and, after breathing 100% oxygen for several minutes following treatment, are safe to drive yourself home, go back to work, etc.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – Uses a combination of medications to keep you comfortable during your entire visit. A sedative taken the night before your appointment assists you in getting a good night’s rest. In the office, a different medication is administered as needed to keep you relaxed. Other than keeping you calm, these sedatives’ major benefit is the fact that you have very little, if any, memory of your time in the dental chair. As the name suggests, you remain conscious during this type of sedation and can respond to commands. You will also be able to alert the dental team if you have any needs. A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your conscious sedation appointment.
  • General Anesthesia – Some patients are not ideal candidates to receive oral conscious or IV sedation. When this is the case, a Dental Anesthesiologist can be brought into the office to administer general anesthesia and monitor the patient throughout the appointment. This is particularly a wonderful option for very young children as it allows us to provide treatment in the office and avoid a hospital visit for dentistry performed under anesthesia. A driver is required to bring you to and take you home from your general anesthesia appointment. To learn more about Nashville Office-Based Anesthesia, click here.

Don’t Wait, You Have Nothing To Fear!

Ready to get that dental work done? Contact us and we’ll get you set up with a sedation dentistry appointment!