Sedation Dentistry

Thousands of dental patients across America become very anxious when they consider a trip to the dentist. Sedation dentistry can work miracles for them. However, sedation dentistry can help a variety of other people as well. Here are some others who may find sedation to be helpful:

  • Those who would like to complete an entire treatment or several treatments in one appointment.
  • Those who have a complex dental procedure to be performed.
  • Those who would prefer to “nap” during their dental treatment.
  • Those who struggle to sit comfortably for long periods of time.

Sedation Dentistry is Reliable and Safe

Our staff who work with sedation dentistry have completed thorough training and certification with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). A major focus of this training is the safety of the patient.

Before we use sedation during your treatments, we will conduct a thorough medical history review. This will enable us to customize the sedation for your personal needs and concerns.  

What is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation makes use of prescription strength medication to relax you during the procedure.  You will feel as if you are taking a gentle nap and will not remember anything about the procedure. However, during the treatment you will be semi-conscious and able to respond to simple requests by the dentist.  

The medication will gradually wear off over time. It provides ample time for the dentist to perform the treatment and for you to be escorted to your house before the medication has completely dissipated.  

You will want to bring a trusted friend or family member to accompany you home.

Laughing Gas

This is a lighter option for sedation dentistry which provides relief for mild anxiety. Often, we will combine this with a local anesthetic for procedures from fillings to dental implants. Again, we will consult with you regarding your medical history in order to be aware of allergies or other issues.  

Aromatherapy

This modern approach helps patients to simply relax during treatment. A stick-on lavender strip is place on your upper chest. You will breath in the soothing aroma while you relax during the procedure.  

Call one of our Shoreline Dental Care offices at West Haven or Milford and get the details on what sedation dentistry can do for you. Don’t put off important dental procedures because of anxiety or a busy schedule. The earlier you treat dental problems, the simpler and less expensive the treatment will be.