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Sedation Dentistry

Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office? Does the thought of simply having your teeth cleaned make you anxious? Do you spend days worrying in advance of scheduled dental appointment?


If so, you are not alone. Many people are so anxious about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment at all. At Accent Dental we understand and are sympathetic to your fears.


We not only want you to get the care you deserve and need, we want you to be as comfortable as possible while having the work done.


For people who avoid dentists like… well, the dentist, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from simple tooth cleaning to more intensive procedures. How, and if it is used, depends on the severity of the anxiety.


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you relax during dental procedures, from simple check-ups and teeth cleanings, to more complex procedures. Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” although that’s not entirely accurate. Patients are almost always awake with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.


Some of the types of sedation methods used at Accent Dental are:


Inhaled minimal sedation

Sometimes referred to as “laughing gas.” You breathe nitrous oxide — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Our dentists can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.


Depending on the concentration and length of administration of laughing gas, four levels of sedation can be experienced (after an initial feeling of light-headedness):


Oral sedation

Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill. Typically, the pill is Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium, and it’s usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
The dentists and staff of Accent Dental want to make your experience as painless and free of fear as possible. If you are anxious or afraid, please let us know. We work with many patients who have the same fears and worries that you do, and we always take the time to listen to you.

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