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Sedation Dentistry

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Please ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do you suffer from a high amount of anxiety or stress when going to the dentist?
  2. Does this anxiety/stress cause you to avoid seeing your dentist altogether?

If this sounds like you, then you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry. We specialize in treating people, like you, who have an extreme dental fear and experience a high level of anxiety – no matter what the reason – when visiting their dentist.

At Mayberry Dental, our goal is to help you get the dental treatment you need, while minimizing any emotional trauma. Sedation dentistry is commonly used during such routine procedures as teeth cleaning and checkups. By using special dentist-supplied sedatives, anxious patients can get the necessary dental treatment they require. When taken, these sedatives don’t put you to sleep but eliminate your anxiety – so you only have a comfortable and relaxing experience while at the dentist.

While under sedation, you will be in a deeply relaxed state and will be responsive when spoken to. Your vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure while your dentist completes his work. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.

Sedation dentistry is safe, easy and effective! And with sedation dentistry, we can perform any dental procedure that you need! The whole goal of sedation dentistry is to help you achieve your goal of complete dental health.

Sedation dentistry is also ideal for patients who have:

  • A large amount of dental work that they would like to get done at one time
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Had a bad dental experience in the past

We offer our patients 3 types of sedation:

  1. Nitrous Oxide
  2. Oral Sedation
  3. IV Sedation

Nitrous Oxide:

One form of sedation is to use Nitrous Oxide Gas (Laughing Gas). Nitrous Oxide Gas is the oldest and most tested form of sedation dentistry. It is especially good for people that have no one that can drive them to and from their dental appointment.

If you have never tried Nitrous Oxide you can try it before you start any treatment. When you use Nitrous you are awake and you can talk with your dentist to tell them if you like it or don’t like it or if he/she needs to adjust it for you to feel comfortable.

Oral Sedation:

Medications such as Ativan are becoming the most common form of sedation dentistry today. These pills are taken 1 hour before your appointment. By the time you need to sit in the chair you will feel very calm and drowsy. Ativan takes all the fear away. Many people will actually fall asleep during their dental work not being aware of anything that is going on, but will be able to respond to requests by the dentist throughout the procedure.

Ativan also creates a form of amnesia so you don’t remember much of your visit, gradually reducing your fear of going to the dentist over time because every visit to the dental clinic will not be associated with any fear whatsoever.

You will need to have someone drive you home when you use Ativan for sedation because it takes longer to wear off than Nitrous Oxide. After your appointment, you will go home and have a wonderful sleep for several hours, waking up refreshed and feeling like you have had the best sleep you have had in months.

Drugs such as Ativan are frequently used either alone or in combination with other pain control methods selected by the dentist.

IV Sedation:

IV sedation works much the same way as oral sedation, but oral sedation can be a bit hit and miss. As you are taking the sedation in tablet form your doctor has to assess what dose to give you, and people all react differently to different doses, so you may feel completely out of it, or you might not feel sedated enough. Oral sedation is easy to give and great if you really just want to take the edge off your anxiety.

If you want to be really sure the sedation is as deep as possible then IV is the best.

With both Oral and IV Sedation you will need to be accompanied to the visit and will not be able to drive/work etc for at least 24 hours afterwards.