Conscious Sedation Dentistry Explained

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Conscious sedation dentistry makes dentist visits more comfortable and eases anxiety.

But can it help you?

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous or uncomfortable? Are you thinking: “I can’t even read on because I hate the idea of going to the dentist”?

Or are your gums and teeth so sensitive you can’t possibly sit still through a dental appointment?

Maybe you’ve had a bad experience in the past, perhaps you’ve made some mistakes and skipped too many appointments, or perhaps you just dislike the thought of someone so close to your face.

We understand.

At Dental Health Care of Woburn, our dental office is a judgment-free zone, and our main goals include your comfort plus dental health. To help make the dentist visit tolerable for patients with dental fear or dental anxiety, we offer conscious sedation dentistry.

What is conscious sedation dentistry?

Conscious sedation dentistry is a medicine used to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable… This text opens the Colgate Conscious Sedation page in a new tab … during a dental procedure, without making them fall asleep.

While patients are awake during their visit, they won’t feel pain or anxiety. Sedation dentistry is safe, and your dentist will help you determine if you’re a candidate.

Let us explain…

There are different types of conscious sedation dentistry options varying in strength from mild and moderate to deep sedation.

Benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Pain relief
  • Faster treatment

What do dentists use for sedation?

Different ways of administering sedation include oral sedation (pill form), inhaled minimal sedation (nitrous oxide inhalation), and IV moderate sedation (gently administered into the vein).

General anesthesia is not a form of conscious sedation because the patient is asleep or unconscious. It’s usually used for more extensive dental procedures.

Your dentist will help you determine which option is best for you, depending on your history, medications, and the type of dental visit.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a type of sedation dentistry administered orally (by mouth). A pill is typically taken about an hour before the dental procedure.

While patients may feel drowsy, they’ll be awake and conscious. If patients do fall asleep, they’re easily woken up.

The result of oral conscious sedation is a feeling of relaxation and comfort during the dental visit. You’ll need someone to drive you home after the appointment because the effect of oral sedation may last longer than the visit itself.

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation, AKA laughing gas, is inhaled during the dental visit and can be controlled easily by the dentist. It’s a form of light sedation dentistry and works quickly and wears off quickly.

Patients can drive home after the procedure and don’t have to worry about any lingering effects.

What is IV sedation?

IV sedation, AKA intravenous sedation, is typically used for extensive dental work or patients with severe dental fear. The medicine is inserted into the vein via arm or hand and works quickly to help the patient relax and feel no pain.

Once treatment is complete, someone else will have to drive the patient home because the effects can last for hours. The patient is awake with IV sedation, but the medicine may affect his or her driving.

Looking for sedation dentistry in Woburn, MA?

Leave your worries behind because our team at Dental Health Care of Woburn offers nitrous oxide sedation dentistry to make your dentist visit a comfortable one.

Dental fear and anxiety are more common than you may think, and we want to help you get to the dentist and feel comfortable during your visit.

Our goal is to provide excellent dental care while you feel comfortable from start to finish.

A stress-free appointment with the dentist may be as simple as contacting us to learn more about sedation dentistry to see if you’re a candidate.

Whether it’s an initial consultation or an extensive restorative treatment for periodontal disease, wisdom teeth removal, or anything else, we’re here to help you with anxiety-free dental care.

Let us help you maintain or create a healthy smile you feel good about.

One more thing.

There’s a saying of “no pain, no gain” – but we beg to differ. Everyone deserves comfortable, painless, and judgment-free care for their smile.

Take the next step and schedule your dental visit today:

We’re located in Woburn, MA, and serve the surrounding communities:

  • Winchester
  • Burlington
  • Stoneham
  • Reading
  • Tewksbury
  • Wilmington
  • Lexington
  • Wakefield
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