A significant number of Americans suffer from dental anxiety and put themselves at risk of developing serious oral and overall health conditions by avoiding regular dental checkups. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is an excellent option for safe, anxiety-free dental visits.
Nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation work to calm anxiety throughout visits to Brown Dental Group, ensuring that our patients get the treatment they need without feeling physical pain or mental anxiety.
Sedation dentistry’s popularity stems in part from the fact that most sedatives can be taken orally, meaning fewer injections, reduced anxiety and no pain. Many sedatives are so effective that patients are unable to recall even the smells and other details of their procedure afterward.
Most sedation dentistry drugs are classified as benzodiazepines, which reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures. Each variety of benzodiazepine lasts a different amount of time, which means different varieties are selected for different procedures.
These varieties include:
No matter which form of sedation dentistry you undergo, it is essential to bring a caregiver or designated driver with you to your procedure. Driving to and from our office is not recommended when sedatives will be used.
Different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) may be selected on an individual basis. Dr. Chris Pedlar will consider your treatment, your medical history — taking into account your current prescriptions — and other variables before choosing your sedation method.
Sedation dentistry options include:
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