Here at Waterbury Dental Care, your comfort is always our number one priority. That’s why we offer dental sedation for our patients who experience anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist.
We acknowledge the fact that many patients experience dental phobia, and we want to do everything in our power to make your dental visit as relaxing and comfortable as possible. With dental sedation, you can get the care you need and deserve without feeling any anxiety or fear.
If you’re interested in learning more about our dental sedation options, we invite you to review the information below. When you’re ready, simply contact our Waterbury, CT office, and we will make sure our sedative services accommodate your next visit.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It is also sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” although most patients remain awake during the process. Different levels of sedation can be used depending on the procedure being performed and the patient’s level of anxiety.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that is inhaled through a small mask that is placed over the nose. Nitrous oxide helps to relax patients and often makes them feel lightheaded or sleepy. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, so patients can drive themselves home after the procedure.
Oral conscious sedation is a pill that is taken by the patient before the procedure. The pill helps to relax the patient and can make them feel drowsy. Patients will need someone to drive them home after the procedure since the effects of the sedation can last for several hours.
IV sedation is a type of sedation that is administered through an IV. As the medication enters directly into the bloodstream, it works quickly to relax the patient. Patients will not be able to drive themselves home after the procedure and will need someone to stay with them for the remainder of the day.
Benefits Of Dental Sedation
There are many benefits of dental sedation for patients. Some of the most notable benefits include:
- Reduced anxiety and fear: One of the most common reasons patients choose dental sedation is to reduce anxiety and fear. Dental procedures can be very daunting, especially for those who have had bad experiences in the past. Sedation can help take the edge off so that patients can receive the care they need without feeling anxious or fearful.
- Improved comfort: Dental procedures can be uncomfortable, even for those who don’t experience anxiety or fear. Sedation can help improve comfort by relaxing the patient and making them more receptive to dental work.
- Longer appointment times: Many dental procedures require multiple steps or a longer appointment time. Sedation can help by allowing the patient to remain relaxed for an extended time. This can be especially beneficial for patients who have difficulty sitting still for long periods.
- Reduced gag reflex: Some patients have an overactive gag reflex that makes it difficult or impossible to receive certain types of dental care. Sedation can help by relaxing the muscles and reducing the gag reflex.
We Put Your Comfort First
At our office, your comfort is our top priority. We will work with you to determine the best type of sedation for your individual needs and make sure you are comfortable throughout your entire appointment. As our patient, you can rest assured knowing that you are in good hands.
If you have any questions about dental sedation or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office today. We look forward to meeting you!