What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry,” is a safe, gentle option used to help patients relax while they are having dental treatment.
Many practices use medications, such as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” that will make you will feel relaxed throughout the procedure but you will remain awake.
Dr. Wardius provides more advanced sedation that will actually put you to sleep. He will discuss the sedation options with you so that you can choose the one you prefer and which he feels is best suited to your circumstances. They are as follows:
Oral sedation involves taking one or more medications at our office within an hour of the scheduled procedure to produce a calm, drowsy effect. Many of our patients feel so comfortable that they fall into a light sleep during the dental treatment and leave our office feeling refreshed.
IV Sedation (or Intravenous Sedation) involves administering sedation medication through a special drip into a vein in the arm or hand. IV sedation is safe, effective, and best of all works quickly. It is often called “Sleep Dentistry” because it allows you to sleep through your dental procedure. You are closely monitored by the anesthesia provider while Dr. Wardius performs your dental procedure.
What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Being sedated while you have dental work completed brings with it many benefits. Your anxiety will be relieved, you will be less aware or totally unaware of the procedure being carried out and your fear will be a thing of the past.
Who should consider Sedation Dentistry?
If the thought of dental treatment fills you with dread, then sedation dentistry is well worth considering. Whether you have a phobia or something less, by allowing our anesthetists to sedate you, dental treatment can be carried out quickly and efficiently. Talk to Dr. Wardius about sedation dentistry if you have problems with any of the following:
- A fear of dentists
- Low pain threshold
- Very sensitive teeth
- A gag reflex that causes problems during treatment
- Need to have a vast amount of work carried out