Sedation Dentistry

Sleep Dentistry is not only for people that fear going to the dentist. Anybody can experience the benefits of Sleep Dentistry. Sedation allows patients to have more dental work done in a single appointment. Often treatment that would require five appointments or more can be performed in one single appointment. This means less interruptions to your daily life.

Nobody enjoys going to the dentist and what could make your next dental visit more pleasant than being able to sleep through it.

We offer different levels of sedation depending on your needs:

Light Sedation:
Nitrous Oxide

Light sedation is achieved through the use of a gas called Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. The gas is mixed with oxygen and is inhaled through a small mask placed over your nose

The Benefits Include:

  • It is extremely safe
  • It wears off quickly so there is no need for someone to drive you home from your appointment
  • The doctor can accuratly control the level of sedation

Moderate Sedation:
Benzodiazepines

Moderate sedation is achieved through the use of pills that are in the drug family called Benzodiazepines. A drug that many people are familiar with from this family is Valium. They produce a feeling of relaxation and drowsiness.

The Benefits Include:

  • They place you in a very relaxed state
  • They cause drowsiness enabling most patients to doze off during the appointment
  • Most patients have little or no memory of the appointment
  • They work as a mild anesthetic to aid pain control

Deep Sedation (IV):
Intravenous Sedation

Deep sedation is achieved through the use of an IV administering a sedative directly to your blood stream. It produces a profound state of relaxation and it can be used to sedate patients to a point where they are completely unaware of the dentistry performed.

The Benefits Include:

  1. The doctor is able to control the level of sedation very accurately
  2. Deep sedation can safely be achieved
  3. The patient will have virtually no memory of the dental treatment
  4. It is a superior sedation technique for long appointments
  5. It is a superior sedation technique for patients with very high fear
  6. It works as a moderate anesthetic to aid pain control
  7. It can be used to administer long-lasting drugs for post-operative pain control

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Adults who have:

  • High fear
  • Had traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Limited time to complete their dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Are afraid & embarrassed about their teeth