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Lakeville Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry - Dental Care Without The Anxiety

The fear of pain in the course of dental treatment has caused millions of people to avoid regular dental visits. This anxiety results in unnecessary dental neglect, worsening of dental conditions, and future pain and expense. While this is unfortunate, it is preventable with Sedation Dentistry.

If you exhibit any of the following characteristics, "Sedation Dentistry" may help you:

  • Fear of dental treatment
  • History of traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Extremely sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Experience sweaty palms or find yourself gripping the armrests of the dentist chair

Sedation Dentistry can help you overcome the fears that stop you from seeking the dental care you need. Our office offers "Sedation Dentistry" and we would be pleased to discuss the options with you.

Patients who are on other medications should consult with their medical doctor before taking sedatives. Previous allergic reactions to other drugs should also be reported to the sedation dentist.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

It's important to know that a visit to the dentist can be a positive experience, even when treatment is necessary. Modern dentistry now offers safe, effective and comfortable treatments to anxious and fearful patients.

Sedation Dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience when receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia. We can make your dental visit a positive experience, help you improve the health of your teeth and give you the confidence you need to smile again!

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Unlike General Anesthesia, where a patient is completely unconscious, patients under Conscious Sedation are able to respond to commands and breath on their own. There are three primary ways that Sedation is administered in the Dental Office:

  1. Inhalation Conscious Sedation, Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation also known as "laughing gas". This is the most frequently used sedation method used in dentistry. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. This type of sedation will help patients relax and minimize anxiety. Inhalation Sedation has been used by dentists for many years. Patients will not need a driver for this type of sedation and can safely drive themselves home immediately following their procedure.

  2. Enteral Conscious Sedation "Orally Administered Sedation" is administered by orally ingesting a pill. All body functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will often feel drowsy and very relaxed throughout their procedure. One disadvantage with this method of sedation is that the level of sedation for each person is not entirely predictable. With this type of sedation the patient will need a driver to and from their appointment.

  3. IV Sedation also known as Conscious Sedation. With this type of sedation, medications are administered directly into the blood stream through an IV. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. The patient will fall asleep and experience an amnesia effect and not typically remember what happened during their dental appointment. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that if someone is not sedated enough, the doctor can administer more medication and the effects are instantaneous. With this type of sedation the patient will need a driver to and from their appointment.

We would be happy to discuss Sedation Dentistry options with you. Please give Lakeville Dental Associates a call at (952) 469-3300 for more information.

With Sedation Dentistry you can Wake Up To A Beautiful Smile!