Sedation Dentistry

Do you get nervous or anxious anytime you think about going to the dentist? Please realize that you are not alone. It is estimated that 9% – 15% of people in the United States do not visit a dentist due to dental fear or phobia.

Millions of people live with a certain degree of dental anxiety and do not seek out the help of a dental professional, in spite of experiencing clear signs of decay and/or discomfort. Many patients we talk to have had traumatic dental experiences in their childhood, while others may have had bad experiences as adults. Hence they avoid visiting the dentist altogether.

At Clarity Dentistry, we want to make your visit as peaceful and carefree as possible. That is why we offer sedation dentistry, to ease the dental fears for our patients.

If you are resistant to bettering your oral health or improving your smile due to dental phobia, sedation dentistry is the answer. It can make the entire process more comfortable so that you can have a smile that you can be proud of.

At Clarity Dentistry, you will find doctors who are highly trained and experienced to provide the safest and most comfortable dental care that is specifically tailored for you. Our team of dentists knows that for some patients, visiting the dentist can be rather intimidating or even scary. This is why we offer sedation dentistry, a procedure that enables you to get the treatment you require comfortably without anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Sedation dentistry refers to using sedation medications such as Halcion (Triazolam) and/or Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) during dental treatment to ease a patient’s fear. These sedation options can be used for anything, from invasive procedures to tooth cleaning, and the severity of the phobia determines what form of sedation is best.
A patient breathes nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas”, in combination with oxygen using a mask placed over the nose. This gas has no smell or scent and will dramatically reduce pain, as well as provide a feeling of pleasure or euphoria.

The amount of laughing gas given to the patient is regulated by the dentist, as it tends to wear off rapidly. This type of sedation is the only form where a patient may manage to drive himself or herself home at the end of the procedure.

Halcion (Triazolam) in pill form is given to the patient to take 45-60 minutes prior to the dental appointment. It is imperative that the patient has a driver to and from the appointment, as he/she should not operate any motor vehicles until the following day.

Conscious sedation puts patients in a state of extreme relaxation, and is closely related to Valium. People describe this feeling as a “cloud state” and are generally awake, but totally aloof to what’s going on in the dental chair. The patient may not remember the dental visit, as short term amnesia is a common side effect. In some cases, the patients may even fall asleep while on the medication.

Sedation is most suitable for patients who have genuine fear or anxiety that actually hinders them from visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry may be necessary for individuals who have a low pain tolerance, severe restlessness in the dental chair, tooth sensitivity, bad gag reflex, or are scheduled to complete a lot of dental procedures or surgery in a single sitting.