Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry provides safe, comfortable dental treatment for patients with special needs. Sometimes called relaxation dentistry, sedation dentistry is a method of managing pain and anxiety during professional dental care through the use of medication.

You can benefit from sedation dentistry if you experience one or more of the following:

  • High fear of dental care
  • Complex dental problems
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Fear of needles and shots
  • Trouble getting numb
  • Sensitive teeth

The two most common types of sedation dentistry are:

  • Oral Conscious Sedation
  • Inhalation Sedation
Oral Conscious Sedation

Through this type of sedation you will experience very deep relaxation while still being conscious. Your doctor will provide you with an oral medication that is easy to swallow, safe, and low cost. Most adults will receive Halcion (triazolam), though children are usually given a liquid medication like Versed (midazolam). When the medication takes effect, you will be able to speak and respond to external requests.

Inhalation Sedation

Inhalation sedation uses Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas) to help your body achieve a relaxed state. This is the most popular form of sedation used in dentistry today.

IV Sedation

Closeup saline intravenous (IV) drip for patient in hospital. ** Note: Visible grain at 100%, best at smaller sizes

The thought of having dental work done, even by the most competent professionals, strikes fear in the hearts of some people, and here at Downtown Dental Associates we understand and want to help — because not getting proper dental treatment when you need it is never a good option.

In addition to fear, some patients have a very low pain threshold, can’t sit for long periods in a dental chair, have a sensitive gag reflex or need a large amount of dental work done in one sitting.

That’s why we offer IV sedation dentistry, so your visit is painless and comfortable.

Depending on your tolerance for dental work, we can provide intravenous, or IV, sedation for procedures as commonplace as teeth cleaning to more invasive procedures.

With IV sedation, we first establish the IV drip line then, when you and the dentist are ready, we introduce the medicine used to put you into what is called moderate sedation. This is a state during which you may slur your words and you will likely not be able to recall much from the procedure. This state was once called conscious sedation because despite being relaxed and anxiety free, you are awake.

Among the many positives about this approach is that IV sedation is fast acting and allows the dentist to adjust the level of sedation to meet a patients individual requirements, even during the procedure if the need arises.

In addition to the general sedation you will experience, the dentist will also provide a local anesthesia to numb the area where the dental work is being done.

At Downtown Dental Associates, we understand that many people need dental work done in a way that reduces anxiety or makes them more comfortable in general, and we do our best to meet their needs.

Call us today to discuss your options for dental treatment, including IV sedation.