At Cottage Country Dental, we want to make sure you have a positive dental experience at every visit. We also know that some patients have anxiety and fear when it comes to certain dental procedures. Because we want to provide you with the best possible dental care, we want to put you at ease and ensure that your visits are comfortable and pleasant. That’s why we offer several sedation dentistry options for our patients to consider.
You may have heard the term ‘sleep dentistry’, but sedation dentistry is more accurate because patients can choose between levels of sedation. There are several options available to help you and the dentist complete the dental treatment in an environment that is relaxing and stress free for you, while providing the dentist with better access to the treatment area. With sedation, the dentist can also focus more on the actual procedure and timeliness, rather than focusing on calming an anxious patient.
Sedation dentistry means that medication is used to relax you and make you feel like you are lightly sleeping. You will generally be able to hear and respond to the dentist as instructed, in order to help him perform the required treatment.
There are some other benefits to sedation, including the prevention of jaw soreness (TMJ). Sedation relaxes the jaw and speeds up the procedure and time that your jaw is open. When you are more relaxed, the dentist can more easily access certain areas and complete more of the treatment per visit. This reduces the overall time you spend in the dental chair. And, sedation is often the logical choice for certain procedures, such as wisdom teeth extractions and gum surgeries, which would be uncomfortable, even for patients without dental phobias.
We want to help you feel more comfortable about coming to the dentist, in spite of any negative dental experiences you may have had in the past. You might consider sedation dentistry if you have any of the following concerns:
Here are some procedures where patients consider sedation dentistry:
At Cottage Country Dental, our dentists are trained and equipped to handle complex situations. We will take the time to explain the required procedure and the level and type of sedation that will work for you and make you feel the most comfortable.
We want you to make your decision around sedation dentistry with as much information as possible so that you feel at ease when you come in for your procedure. Please book an appointment to discuss sedation dentistry, or ask the dentist about options when you find out about any treatments you need. To determine the best option, we will consider your age, weight, health, procedure length, and level of anxiety.
Please note that we will ask you to have an adult come with you and wait for you during your treatment. You may feel groggy or drowsy after your procedure so we will explain the after-care guidelines to you and to the adult who accompanies you home. We want to make sure you are safe and understand what to do after your treatment.
Our trained and experienced staff use only approved medications. We will monitor your vital signs during the treatment and talk to you throughout the process to ensure you feel calm and comfortable. Afterwards, it’s important that an adult who understands the after-care guidelines accompanies or drives you home safely.
When you sit with our dentist to discuss the required treatment, he will outline the options and make a recommendation that is best suited for you and for the procedure. This will include going over your medical history and your comfort level to determine the level of sedation that works for you.
The most common procedures that use sedation dentistry are wisdom teeth extractions, gum surgeries, implants, and complex procedures that may need to be done in a tight area or over a shortened timeframe.
Patients with dental phobias, past negative experiences, or anxiety around dental treatment may consider oral or IV sedation to maximize ease and comfort. Some patients who have difficulty sitting still or have a strong gag reflex may also benefit.