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Sedation Dentistry

Takes the Stress Out of Your Dental Care

Dental care is a nerve-wracking situation for many people, but at Premier Care Dental, Dr. Tanner Barratt and our team do our best to change that. Between our warm and welcoming atmosphere and friendly team, we’re often able to allay a patient’s dental fears, but for those who need a little more help, we’re happy to provide sedation dentistry. These techniques will take away any stress or pain you might feel in the chair so you can finally come into your appointments with peace of mind. Do you think sedation could help you? To learn more, please contact us today.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Relaxed woman in dental chair

If you experience mild to moderate dental phobia or need to undergo extensive dental work, then Dr. Barratt may choose to prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before your scheduled visit. That way, by the time you actually sit in the treatment chair, you’ll be completely physically and mentally relaxed. With oral conscious sedation, you’ll be awake the entire time and able to respond to commands, but your appointment will seem to fly by, and you’ll likely have very little memory of it afterward (which is perfect for some patients!).

Before we utilize this type of sedation, we’ll first take a look at your overall health as well as any medications you are taking in order to ensure your safety. You’ll also be required to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office the day of your appointment and keep an eye on you for a few hours afterward. You should feel completely normal by the next morning at the latest.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Woman with nitrous oxide nose mask

Perhaps going to the dentist only makes you a little nervous. If you would just like something to “take the edge off,” then nitrous oxide sedation may be right for you. All a patient has to do is breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask during their appointment to feel a light, happy, and euphoric sensation that will make any nerves quickly melt away. It will stay on for the entire visit, and when it is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to go straight back to their day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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Do you still have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry? At Premier Care Dental, patient comfort is one of our top priorities. That’s why we offer various sedation options to help you relax enough in the treatment chair to get the care your smile needs in order to stay healthy. We’ll be sure to answer any questions you may have about sedation before your procedure begins. For your convenience, we’ve included the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most frequently below.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

In many cases, dental anxiety can be traced back to an unpleasant dental experience that you had as a child. From the sounds that certain instruments make to the feeling of someone poking around in your mouth, dental appointments can be scary for younger patients, especially if the dentist wasn’t kind or patient. However, dental anxiety can also be caused by a general fear of needles, which is fairly common and understandable. The goods news is that with sedation dentistry, you will feel so relaxed that if we need to administer anesthesia via a needle, it won’t bother you in the slightest.

Is Dental Sedation Safe?

When administered by a trained professional, such as Dr. Barratt, dental sedation is completely safe for patients of almost all ages. Before we begin your treatment, we’ll look over your medical history, current medications, and general health to ensure that you’re a good candidate. From there, we’ll discuss your sedation options with you and provide you with all of the information you need to feel comfortable and safe.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Sedation?

The best way to learn whether dental sedation is right for you is to schedule a consultation with us. In addition to helping those with anxiety or fear of the dentist, we often recommend dental sedation for patients who:

  • Have trouble sitting still in the treatment chair for long periods of time
  • Have sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have an overactive gag reflex
  • Have had negative experiences with dentists in the past
  • Have certain cognitive or physical impairments that make receiving dental care difficult

Are There Any Side Effects of Dental Sedation?

Oftentimes, dental sedation does not come with any significant side effects. Dr. Barratt will take the time to make sure that sedation is right for you and does not pose any risks to your health. In most cases, you may experience mild side effects, such as dry mouth or the hiccups. However, these should be mild and should not last for very long.