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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction, or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. We are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

Sedation dentistry is focused on the use of sedative medications to help relieve dental anxiety and prevent pain during certain procedures. The team at Dr. Stephen Dunn’s office is skilled in the use of sedation dentistry, helping patients in Marion County get the care they need without feeling anxious or uncomfortable.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses special techniques to help patients relax so they feel less anxious about having dental care performed. Different techniques are available depending on the procedure that’s being performed as well as the anxiety level of the patient.

What types of sedation are available?

We offer three basic types of sedation:

  • conscious sedation that uses nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) inhaled through a mask
  • oral sedation that uses pills to control anxiety and increase feelings of calmness and relaxation
  • IV sedation that uses medicines delivered to the veins through a needle placed in the arm

The effects of sedation vary depending on the technique that’s used; patients who have nitrous oxide or oral sedation will be very relaxed but still awake for their procedures, while IV sedation can enable patients to doze and have little to no memory of their treatment once it’s complete. Patients who have sedation should have someone available to drive them home following their appointments since they can feel groggy for some time afterward.

What benefits does sedation offer?

  • It eliminates fear of needles.
  • It reduces or completely eliminates anxiety.
  • Patients who have IV sedation usually have no memory of their treatment.
  • Patients aren’t bothered by sounds or smells during treatment.
  • The numbing effects of local anesthetics are enhanced, so even patients who have difficulty becoming numb can have treatment without pain.
  • Sedation can enable multiple procedures to be performed in a single visit instead of being drawn out over multiple visits.