Sedation Care Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry is helping people all over America overcome their fear of going to the dentist.  Fear of the dentist or of having dental work done can stem from previous traumatic experiences as a child or as an adult.  Before sedation dentistry, people had to either suffer through their anxiety about dental treatments, or they would skip going to the dentist all together.  Now sedation dentistry makes it possible for everyone to get great dental care without the anxiety and fear.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide is a colorless and odorless gas.  When inhaled through a small mask, it can help patients become more relaxed and even experience less pain.  This gas is used to calm millions of patients in the dentist chair each year.  Nitrous Oxide is one of the mildest forms of sedation.  Patients can still see, hear, and respond to their surroundings.  The gas provides them with a sense of well-being and reduces anxiety.

Oral Sedation is administered orally and sublingually.  In most cases, dentists will use a type of medication called benzodiazepines.  They are given sublingually, under the tongue, so that they will absorb into the blood stream quicker.  This type of sedation also helps the patient feel more relaxed and comfortable and lowers anxiety levels while allowing the patient to remain awake and able to respond.  These medications are extremely safe and pose little risk of adverse reaction.  It is the most common type of sedative used today.

IV Sedation is administered intravenously through a needle usually placed in either the top of the hand or at the inner elbow.  This form of sedation is also designed to relax the patient and ease anxiety.  Patients under this form of sedation will not be asleep, but completely relaxed.  This allows the dentist to accomplish more high-quality work in less time.  Patients with IV sedation tend to remember little about their appointment the next day.  IV Sedation takes effect quickly and the dentist can increase or decrease the level of sedation as needed.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

The benefits of using one of these forms of sedation dentistry include reduced overall anxiety leading up to and during the appointment.  It also provides patients with a more pleasant experience to help ease their fears about their next visit as well.

Progressive Dental Care Center will work with you to determine the best form of sedation dentistry for you.

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Hanover, PA 17331
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