What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

Are you one of the millions of Americans that would rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist's office? Does just the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your heart flutter and body tense with fear? 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.

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help you relax during the dental procedure. You’ll generally be awake with the exception of those times where general anesthesia is used.

The levels of sedation are:

  • General Anesthesia - You’re completely unconscious
  • Deep Sedation - You’re on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened
  • Moderate Sedation - You will be conscious but won't remember much of the procedure and may slur your words when speaking
  • Minimal Sedation - You’re awake but relaxed

Sedation dentistry may be appropriate for patients that:

  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Have very sensitive teeth
  • Cannot sit still in the dentist's chair
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed
  • Are terrified of going to the dentist
  • Refuse to cooperate during the visit

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is used to provide an anxiety-free and relaxing experience for people receiving dental treatment. It enables those too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia. 15% of the U.S. population avoids the dentist due to fear, and this all-too-common phobia prevents them from receiving necessary dental care, which can compromise the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.

Clarity Dentistry Can Help

In the Franklin Township area, Clarity Dentistry wants to make your visit as peaceful and carefree as possible. That is why we offer sedation dentistry, to ease the dental fears of our patients.

At Clarity Dentistry, you will find a dentist who is highly trained and experienced to provide the safest and most comfortable dental care that is specifically tailored for you. Our team knows that for some patients visiting the dentist can be rather intimidating or even scary and that is why we offer sedation dentistry, to enable you to get the treatment that you require comfortably and without anxiety. Contact us today for more details!


Patient Testimonials


Dr. Bowen was very thorough in explaining what why I was having the pain I was having in my mouth. April was also very helpful as well! I really like how professional they were. Even though I found out I need to have some work done everything they said as to why made sense. I would definitely recommend going there!
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Danielle Storm
Danielle Storm

I am always very well taken care of at Clarity Dentistry. Everyone is always very friendly, listens to my concerns with empathy, and actually treats me like a human being rather than someone to get money out of. I can honestly say this is the most clean, professional, and best dental experience in my life.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry David Morris
David Morris

My four year old has been to two pediatric dentists that have him a huge fear of the dentist. Dr. Bowen and the hygienist that worked with my son were gentle and did everything possible to make him comfortable. If you or your kiddo are anxious about the dentist you should absolutely check out Clarity.
Patient Reviewer for Clarity Dentistry Samantha Apollo
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