Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation DentistryDental anxiety

Many people experience anxiety when they have a doctor’s appointment. The same could be said for those who have to visit the dentist. No one really looks forward to those appointments. For some, the fear of dentists is so debilitating that they won’t go even if there’s an emergency.

So many people have heard horror stories or even experienced substandard care, that even routine cleanings are cause for anxiety. What patients fear most is pain. Even though they may understand that preventative care can keep more significant incidents of pain away, people just don’t make routine dental a priority.

It has been a challenge for dentists to make sure every patient gets the care they need, in an environment that makes everyone feel as comfortable as possible. Many dentists have worked hard to provide a warm, inviting, environment for their patients.

Dr. Mark Samuels understands this anxiety and offers his patients several sedation dentistry options, so that you can feel comfortable during whatever care and procedures are required to keep your teeth healthy.

What is sedation dentistry?

In the simplest of terms, sedation dentistry is the practice of providing a dental patient with conscious or intravenous sedation prior to any dental procedure. It varies depending on the anxiety level of the patient, the severity of their condition and the length of the planned procedure.

The sedation also facilitates the dentist’s job as it will be much easier to complete the treatment once you’re calm. As an added advantage, you will not remember the procedure.

Forms of sedation dentistry

Conscious sedation dentistry can come in the form of an oral sedatives or the inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Oral sedatives are usually pills that you are asked to take before arriving for your treatment. If you choose this method, you will not be able to drive and will need to have someone take you there and pick you up afterwards.

In the case of nitrous oxide, you are given a mask to wear over your nose. Many patients do fall asleep with this. The effects dissipate quickly and patients are usually safe to drive themselves home. Nitrous oxide is extremely safe with very few side-effects. It’s ideal for patients of any age including children.

Intravenous (IV) sedation requires the injection of a sedative which will put you into a light sleep. It can be used for wisdom teeth extraction or other multiple extractions, implant placement, root canal treatment, and bone grafting. You will not remember the procedure.

If the surgery required is severe enough to warrant general anesthesia, these operations are only conducted in a hospital with the presence of an anesthesiologist.

With both IV sedation and general anesthetic, patients will need a ride home and for someone to remain with them for the remainder of the day.

It should be noted that with the exception of general anesthesia, all other forms of sedation dentistry are accompanied by a local anesthetic (xylocaine or novocaine) to numb the area that is to be worked upon.

A word of caution

Prior to any sedation dentistry, you will be asked a few questions about your general medical history. Some forms of sedation may not be a good option for you if you are taking some kinds of prescribed medication that will either not allow the sedatives to work or will have adverse side effects when combined with other medications. Your dentist will need to know if you have allergies or other chronic ailments that may restrict the use of sedatives.

Call Dr. Samuels at (203) 538-6562 to find out about your dental sedation options. Don’t let fear come between you and a healthy smile. Just talk to Dr. Samuels. He can help you get the care you need.

Office Hours

Monday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Our Location

Lighthouse Dental Care

88 Ryders Lane
Stratford, CT 06614

Phone: (203) 538-6562
Fax: (203) 380-8390