Cast aside your fears through sedation dentistry:
Sedation dentistry, as the name implies, is a technique used by a trained dentist to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people receiving dental treatment. A major benefit to the sedation technique is that people often feel the procedure lasts only a few minutes when in fact, it might have taken hours to perform. Most people rarely feel any discomfort after the procedure.
Many people avoid visiting the dentist because of the common dental phobia. Avoiding regular dental treatment often results in neglect of oral health and appearance, up to and beyond the point when drastic measures become necessary. Sedation dentistry addresses this phobia, allowing people to undergo dental work while avoiding this common apprehension. Additionally, sedation dentistry is such that complex dental procedures normally requiring numerous visits can often be performed in just one or two sittings.
What is Sedation?
Sedation is a technique that aims to alter your central nervous system (CNS) with medicine to produce an overall calm and relaxed (sedated) sensation. Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, depressants, sleeping pills, anxiolytics, etc.) are used to induce sedation and can be administered in a variety of ways.
Years ago, IV sedation was predominantly used to produce a sedated effect. Today, oral medications are available which are safer, produce less fear in people, and are easier for dentists to provide. There is also the benefit of a "no needles" approach with oral medications, avoiding the primary fear of many people. In essence sedation dentistry has broken the cycle of fear. Seeking the advice of a dentist experienced in sedation dentistry, rather than foregoing treatment because of fear and potential pain, gives people the opportunity to undergo critical procedures that they would have otherwise avoided.
During the office visit, the patient's vital signs are monitored to assure that they are safely and comfortably sedated through their dental treatment. Pillows and blankets are common protocol while you relax throughout your dental visit.