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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sep 23rd, 2016

Dentist and Patient Smiling with Sedation Dentistry

If you’re just hearing about sedation dentistry for the first time, you’re not alone. You’re also in good company if you struggle with some severe dental anxiety. Fear of the dentist can keep people from seeking the dental care they need and deserve.

How does sedation dentistry help out?

 

Types of Sedation to Choose From

There are two common methods for sedating anxious patients: IV sedation and oral medication. Both work in similar ways to help soothe a person’s fears and relax their bodies.

A prescription oral medication can be taken outside the office to help you relax and sleep well the night before treatment. You’ll also need to take it at the office shortly before your appointment.

Alternatively, you might have intravenous, or IV, sedation. This method allows the dentist to adjust the level of the drug to keep you comfortable during treatment.

 

What to Expect

These medications are sedatives only. This means that they will help you relax and even fall asleep. However, they don’t make you completely unconscious. You’ll still be able to respond to questions and directions and breathe on your own.

After treatment, you probably won’t remember much. Sedatives can make you so drowsy that you’ll feel you just slept through the entire procedure.

 

Why Choose Sedation?

A sedative might make it easier for you to embrace dental treatment. After a couple sessions, you’ll realize there’s nothing to worry about and kick your dental fears to the curb.

Some patients like to have sedation for lengthy or multi-procedure appointments. This helps them to tolerate treatment that would be a hard to endure when fully alert.

To find out if dental sedation is right for you and which kind is best, schedule a consultation with Dr. Paul Matthew.

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Here at Paul Mathew, D.D.S. we work diligently to protect our patients' privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has identified as electronically protected healthcare information or ePHI. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the "I agree" box, and electronically making an appointment request, you acknowledge that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Paul Mathew, D.D.S. will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may illegally intercept this communication. By accepting these terms and conditions and sending this request via our Internet portal, you accept the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.