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Comfort Dentistry

Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like a root canal, extraction or oral surgery. When your treatment is complete, you have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise or the discomfort you were experiencing. We are pleased to offer patients in the Glastonbury community comfortable, safe and effective sedation dentistry options. Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A low pain tolerance
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows dentists to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits of sedation dentistry, including:

  • No memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No sense of smell or sound
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it's a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

I'm nervous about being unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to me?

There's no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you'll find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and there are three sedative states at which your dentist can administer your treatment: mild sedation, moderate sedation and deep sedation.

  • Mild sedation – Anxiolysis, the lightest form of sedation dentistry, is often used for patients with mild anxiety and shorter or less complex procedures. Usually administered orally, with mild sedation you will feel a great sense of relaxation. You will remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation where you are very relaxed during treatment.
  • Moderate sedation - Used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. Conscious sedation often refers to the use of light IV sedation. With conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. It is recommended that patients receiving conscious sedation have a parent, spouse or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
  • Deep sedation - Patients receiving deep sedation go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their dental procedure. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands even if they are awake at times during the procedure. It is recommended that patients receiving deep sedation have a parent, spouse or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.

How are sedatives administered?

  • Inhalation - Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate dental anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral - An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It's easy and doesn't require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill to take about an hour before your appointment, so that by the time you arrive at our office, you're fully relaxed.
  • Intramuscular (IM) - Intramuscular sedation, which involves an injection of sedative drugs into the muscles of the upper arm or upper thigh, can result in sedation within a short amount of time.
  • Intravenous (IV) - In IV sedation, a sedative is administered intravenously, or directly into a vein. The sedation can be quickly modified to your state of consciousness and can be continued as long as necessary for the procedure.

What does it mean to be an IV Certified and Licensed Practitioner?

A dentist who is IV certified and licensed to administer IV sedation has received additional specialty training and has been legally certified by their state's Board of Dental Examiners to deliver medical drugs that alter a patient's consciousness for a comfortable, pain-free treatment.

Please contact Dental Solutions - Natural, Healthy & Beautiful to schedule a consultation, learn more about sedation dentistry, and find out which sedation dentistry method is right for you.