Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment in perfect, pain free comfort. When your treatment is complete, you don’t remember the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting. At Slone Dental, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of comfortable, safe, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:
A fear or anxiety of dental visits
A hard time sitting still for longer appointments
A hard time staying numb from anesthetics
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows us to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably if you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:
No or little memory of the procedure
No sense of time under sedation
No stress or anxiety during treatment
Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry agree that it is a simple, relaxing way to visit the dentist.
There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at Slone Dental. We are respectful and professional at all times.
We offer sedation through inhalation of nitrous oxide or consumption by mouth of a prescription pill.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety or more complex treatments. This proves to be a great mild sedation option for those looking to relax and reduce anxiety. People love this option for short or long appointments. Nitrous oxide effects wear off within minutes of discontinued use allowing you to drive after your visit. For individuals requiring a slightly deeper level of sedation, a pill is administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from this type of sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. This is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. You will remain conscious throughout your procedure, likely take a nap and you will be in a deep state of relaxation. It is a requirement that patients receiving conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend drive them to and from their sedation appointments. It can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and it will not be safe to drive.