Visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for many of us. Whether it’s the sound of the drill or the fear of the unknown, dental procedures are often a cause of anxiety and stress for many patients. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help alleviate these feelings and make dental procedures much more comfortable.

We’ll be answering some of the most common questions about sedation dentistry so that you can better understand how it works and how it can benefit you. We believe everyone deserves to feel relaxed when visiting the dentist. With this blog post, we hope to ease any concerns about dental procedures. Sit back, relax, and let’s dive into the waters of sedation dentistry!

First things first, what is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a technique that involves using medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s a safe and effective way to manage anxiety and reduce pain. 

The medication used in sedation dentistry calms the central nervous system, which helps patients feel more relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedure. With sedation dentistry, you can finally say goodbye to dental anxiety!

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a great option for patients who experience dental anxiety or have a low pain threshold. It’s also helpful for patients who need to undergo lengthy or complicated procedures.

If you have a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to sit still or stay calm, sedation dentistry can also be a great option. However, we’ll need to evaluate your medical history and current medications to determine if sedation dentistry is the right choice for you.

What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

The benefits of sedation dentistry are numerous. Patients who undergo sedation dentistry often report feeling more relaxed during their procedure. It can also help reduce the overall amount of anxiety and stress associated with dental visits.

Additionally, sedation dentistry can help alleviate dental phobia, making it easier for patients to receive necessary dental care. It’s also worth noting that sedation dentistry can help minimize pain, making recovery time shorter and more comfortable.

How is sedation dentistry administered?

Sedation dentistry can be administered in a variety of ways. The most common method is through oral medication, such as a pill. Other methods include nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and intravenous (IV) sedation. 

Regardless of the method used, we follow strict safety protocols to ensure you’re comfortable and safe throughout the procedure. Either Dr. Kurt Black or Dr. Eric will discuss the different options available and help you choose the one that’s right for you.

What should I expect during my sedation dentistry appointment?

Before your sedation dentistry appointment, one of our dentists will give you specific instructions on what you should and should not do. For example, you may need to avoid eating or drinking anything for a specified time before your appointment. 

During your appointment, the dental team will monitor your vitals and ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Afterward, you may feel groggy for a short period of time. So you’ll need someone to drive you home — don’t come to your appointment alone!

How long does the effect of sedation dentistry last?

The duration of the effects of sedation dentistry depends on the method used and the dosage administered. In general, oral sedation can last anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, while IV sedation can last from a few hours to an entire day. 

Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, and the effects should dissipate within a few minutes after the gas is turned off. We’ll provide you with specific instructions on what to expect and how long you should wait before resuming normal activities.

What are the potential risks of sedation dentistry?

While rare, there are potential risks associated with sedation dentistry. These risks include allergic reactions, respiratory issues, and nausea. 

However, the dental team at Timberhill Dental takes all necessary precautions to minimize these risks and ensure your safety. Your dentist will discuss these risks with you before the procedure and ensure you’re comfortable with the process.

Get your dental treatment with sedation dentistry!

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for patients who experience dental anxiety or have a low pain threshold. It’s a safe and effective way to make dental procedures more comfortable. 

If you’re interested in learning more about sedation dentistry or have any questions about the procedure, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (541) 754-0144 or contact us online. Our skilled and compassionate team of dentists, hygienists, and administrative professionals is always here to help and provide the care you need to maintain a healthy and happy smile!

At Timberhill Dental, we provide high-tech, minimally invasive dental care in a comfortable and warm environment. We believe every individual and family should have access to high-quality, affordable, and comprehensive dental care, and it’s our mission to always put our patients first. We’re here to listen to your specific needs, goals, and concerns and help you get the healthy, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.