What Is Sedation Dentistry?


Dental anxiety and phobias prevent many patients from getting the dental treatments they need. If you’re nervous about your upcoming appointment, know that our dentists specialize in treating patients who experience anxiety. We offer gentle, compassionate care to all of our patients and, when needed, we can use safe forms of sedation dentistry to help you relax during your procedure.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry


  • Sedation dentistry makes it possible for patients with severe dental anxiety and phobias to get the care they need.
  • With sedation dentistry, your treatment may be completed in less time or with fewer appointments.
  • Patients with sensitive gag reflexes have a more comfortable dental experience with sedation dentistry.
  • Sedation levels and types can be customized to your needs.
  • Sedation can help patients overcome lifelong anxiety and see their dentist more often for preventive care, resulting in better oral health.


Are You a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?


If you delay dental treatment until your pain is unbearable, avoid going to the dentist for preventive care, or go to the dentist but feel anxious the entire time, you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. You may also be a candidate for dental sedation if you need extensive dental work or are nervous about an upcoming procedure.


Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry


What sedation is used for dentistry?

There are several sedation options in dentistry, but at South County Smiles, we choose to use conscious oral sedation because this method is both safe and effective, with few serious side effects or risks.


How long does dental sedation last?

Conscious oral sedation can last for several hours, depending on the medication and dosage prescribed.


What does dental sedation feel like?

You’ll feel relaxed and calm; with conscious oral sedation, you may also feel groggy and somewhat disoriented, but you will always be conscious, responsive, and aware of your surroundings. We do not provide the type of dental sedation that allows you to sleep through your procedure.


Is dental sedation safe?

The forms of dental sedation we offer are safe and well-tolerated by most patients. The most common side effects are lightheadedness, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and drowsiness. Because you remain fully conscious with both of these sedation methods, there is little risk involved.


Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

Dental sedation helps you feel relaxed, but it doesn’t impact your ability to feel pain. For this reason, dental sedation is used in conjunction with local anesthetic. This ensures that you feel both calm and comfortable during your appointment.


Is sedation the same as being put to sleep?

No, sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, which allows you to be unconscious during your procedure. You’ll be awake and aware of your surroundings with sedation dentistry, but deeply relaxed.