Dental Sedation

What Does Sedation Do?

Sedation makes patients feel drowsy and very relaxed, allowing them to feel much more comfortable during the procedure. Many dentists also refer to it as “sleep dentistry”. Patients are often awake during the entire procedure. But since they are sedated, it is referred to as a sleeping procedure.

Dental sedation

Certain patients can qualify for sedation due to anxiety, past-trauma, and more. If you are wondering if you qualify, you can talk to us.

Why would you need dental sedation?

Many people get scared even by the thought of going through a dental cleaning with a dental hygienist. For some people, a toothache and/or a dentist’s chair is their worst nightmare. Dental sedation dentistry at Smiles Dental Group might be the right solution for people when their fear of dental procedures is very difficult to overcome. 

Dental Sedation dentistry is available for every dental procedure from tooth cleaning to more complex and/or invasive procedures. The use and type of dental sedation utilized is dependent on the anxiety and fear of the patient.
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Are there different levels of Dental sedation?

There are certain levels of sedation used in dental procedures which might include: 

  • Minimal Sedation – Being awake but relaxed. 
  • Moderate Sedation – Remembering the procedure but you may be slightly dizzy during or after. 
  • Deep Sedation – Being held at the edge of the consciousness but you are still awake. 
  • General Anesthesia – Being completely unconscious.

What Types Of Sedation Do We Use?

Depending on how powerful the sedation needs to be, Smiles Dental Group has different types of sedation for different reasons.

Nitrous Oxide  

Nitrous Oxide is a very safe form of light sedation is also known as ‘laughing gas’. This method can relieve anxiety and increase the feeling of relaxation during the procedure. The patient is still completely awake and conscious. After the sedation is terminated, the effects of nitrous oxide do not last very long (several minutes at most). This unique characteristic of nitrous oxide use allows the patient to return to functioning normally soon after the appointment ends.

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation is another way to achieve a sedation effect for dental procedures is by taking oral sedation pills that are prescribed to you by the dentist. During the procedure, the dentist will monitor the patient’s vital signs. Oral sedation can be combined with nitrous oxide to have an additive effect. The patient is still conscious and breathing on their own.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

This method is also considered another form of conscious sedation, however, the patient’s awareness of the procedure is minimal, and typically they cannot remember the procedure itself. Vital signs are monitored closely by a designated and trained clinical team member.

Why Choose Smiles?

We offer everything you could ever want from a dentist service provider. We have multiple convenient locations with weekday and weekend hours.

Our dental staff will get you booked in at the earliest most convenient time. We'll do everything we can to make your appointment as comfortable as possible. We're even prepared and experienced with booking in children. You can bring the whole family into any of our clinics and get all your dental work done!

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