Sedation Dentistry: An Effective Way to Ease Dental Anxiety

Are you one of the many individuals who dread going to the dentist due to anxiety or other fears? You are not alone, and our team at West Road Dental may have the perfect solution for your smile. Sedation dentistry is successfully used by dental offices all over the country. What is sedation dentistry exactly and how is it an effective way to ease dental anxiety? Continue reading to get the answer and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Why Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be beneficial for a variety of reasons, including if a patient…

  • Is in need of many procedures or one major one
  • Has pharyngeal reflux
  • Has sensitive teeth
  • Has anxiety
  • Is a child that has a hard time sitting still
  • Has low pain tolerance

Sedation Dentistry for Children

Typically, nitrous oxide is administered to children who are undergoing procedures or who have a hard time sitting still. This method is extremely safe and does not harm the child. It can also be administered by any dentist. Oral sedation may be given to children in a unique situation.

Learning More about Sedation Dentistry

There different levels of sedation which include minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia. Sedation can be provided through an IV, taken orally, or inhaled.

What Are the Prerequisites to Perform Sedation Dentistry?

Most dental offices are equipped to perform minimal sedation; this involves giving pills or using nitrous oxide. A dentist must complete the Commission on Dental Accreditation Program in order to administer general anesthesia and deep sedation. Some dental offices may choose to additionally hire an anesthesiologist to assist with a sedation dentistry

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Like any treatment, sedation dentistry can come with its set of risks. Your experienced dentist will go over your medical history and any concerns that might come up. It’s also important to take note your dentist qualifications and treatments performed previously. If you have any more questions regarding sedation dentistry, then we encourage you to contact our team at West Road Dental today!


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