Relax - Dentistry does not have to be feared. If you are comfortable during your procedure all your work can be completed without any stress. That is our goal and that is how we want you to experience dentistry.
We offer several levels of sedation dentistry.
Light sedation is usually performed using nitrous oxide/oxygen mixture (laughing gas). This is a gas that you breathe through a nosepiece and is used with local anesthetic. This is used to reduce anxiety and keep you comfortable during your visit. Since it is a gas, the sedation will wear off immediately - you don't need anyone to drive you home. Most patients choose nitrous because it lets them feel so relaxed.
The next level is light conscious sedation. This level is reached utilizing an oral tranquilizer in combination with or without the use of laughing gas. This is a very comfortable and painless way to have your dentistry done. For this level you must have someone bring you to the dentist's office and take you home.
The third level of conscious sedation is referred to as heavy conscious sedation and is administered in the same manner as above. This method takes you to a deeper level of sedation either by increasing the level of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and/or the strength of other sedation drugs.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a comfortable and painless way to have your dentistry done, look for a sedation dentist who can provide you with conscious sedation. No longer put off visiting the dentist because of fear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?
You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you:
- Are very fearful or nervous about visiting the dentist
- Can't stand anything about a dental office - the smells, the sights, the sounds
- Hate getting shots
- Need extensive treatment to fix dental problems
- Would like to get your dental work completed as quickly as possible
- Have trouble getting numb
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have an uncontrollable gag reflex
If this sounds like you, call our office for more information about how conscious sedation can literally change your life.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, it's very safe when your care is provided by a dentist like Dr. Watson, who has extensive training in the technique.
Will I feel any pain?
No, that's what makes sedation dentistry such a good option for people who are fearful of pain or who need extensive dental work.
How do you make sure that I'm all right during treatment?
We will monitor your vital signs during your treatment, and you are never left alone.
Will I be unconscious during my treatment?
No - just in a drowsy, light-sleep state. You will be able to respond to us if we ask you questions, but you won't be aware of what's going on and you probably will not remember anything afterwards.