Sedation Dentistry

We understand that many patients feel anxious or nervous about dental procedures. That’s why at Novudentics, we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit. Our team of sedation experts provides safe, effective sedation protocols.

What is dental anxiety?

Dental anxiety is the fear of dental treatment, dental office settings, or instruments used during dental treatment. Dental anxiety causes fear or emotional disruption at the mere thought of dental care. 

Some people develop dental anxiety after a negative experience in the dental chair. Others pick up on negative cues from pop culture, friends, or loved ones. People that need dental care can go for years without a dental visit because of dental anxiety.

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In some cases, there’s not a good explanation for dental anxiety. You may find yourself postponing or avoiding dental care based on fear or stress. Sedation dentistry can help you remain relaxed during your visit and realize that dental appointments can nowadays be actually fun.  

What are some examples of sedation dentistry?

All forms of sedation dentistry share one goal: to make it easier for you to get the preventive or restorative care you need for a healthy and functional smile. Your dentist helps you choose the right fit for your needs. 

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, an odorless, colorless gas, is referred to as “laughing gas.”  When inhaled, it creates a mild sedative effect, calming you without prohibiting you from responding to your dentist’s instructions. It is being used in combination with oxygen and can make you “enjoy” your time in the chair.

Oral conscious sedation

Medication taken prior to your procedure produces a calming effect. You may feel sleepy or briefly fall asleep, but you awaken when spoken to, and you won’t feel fearful or anxious during your treatment. The team recommends that whenever they provide oral sedation, a friend or family member will drive you in and out of the premises.

Intravenous (IV) sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation is a more in-depth form of sedation, and a good fit for people with severe dental anxiety or dental phobias. A needle places a small piece of medical tubing into your vein, allowing sedative medication to enter your bloodstream and create immediate effects. You most likely won’t remember your treatment once you wake up from the sedation.

How do I know if sedation dentistry is right for me?

Understanding the signs of dental anxiety can help you know when to ask about sedation dentistry for yourself or a loved one. Some of the indications that you could benefit from sedation dentistry include:

  • Fear or dental visits
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Extremely sensitive teeth and gum
  • Feelings of panic or claustrophobia while being in the dental chair
  • History of avoiding dental care due to worries or negative thoughts

Sedation dentistry is incredibly helpful for people with special needs, allowing them to get the treatments they need without worry. 

To see if you can benefit from sedation dentistry, book a visit online or over the phone with Novudentics to get started.

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