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Sedation Dentistry

1 in 10 people will avoid getting dental treatment due to extreme fear or anxiety. Sedation dentistry can take away some of the anxiety or fear you may have. Sedation dentistry can be used for a simple, routine tooth cleaning or exam, or for longer more complicated appointments.

What is Sedation Dentistry?


 
  • 1 in 10 people will avoid getting dental treatment due to fear.
  • Putting off dental care can affect health and self-esteem.
  • Springwoods Village Dental offers modern dentistry that can help bring this fear under control.
  • Sedation Dentristry will help you to relax before treatment.
  • With Sedation Dentristry, time will seem to pass quickly.
  • How it's used depends on the patient and their overall health history.


Springwoods Village Sedation Dentistry Options

Minimal Sedation
Minimal Sedation
Awake but relaxed

This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
You are awake but relaxed with minimal sedation.
Read more in the 'Inhaled minimal sedation' and 'Oral sedation' regarding minimal sedation options.

Moderate Sedation
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You may slur your words

You will NOT be able to drive yourself home with moderate sedation!
You may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
Read more in the 'Oral sedation' section regarding moderate sedation options.

About Minimal and Moderate Sedation

Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you'll also typically need a local anesthetic -- numbing medication at the site where the dentist is working in the mouth -- to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.
Inhaled minimal sedation. You breathe nitrous oxide -- otherwise known as "laughing gas" -- combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Oral sedation. Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it's usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.