Time to Relax

Woman undergoing sedation dentistry treatmentMany patients would love the idea that after a dental treatment, such as a root canal or tooth extraction, they would have no recollection of the time it took, the pain, the noise, or the discomfort they were expecting. A dentist in Richmond, such as at Sheen Dental, can make this a reality with the help of sedation dentistry. A dentist in Richmond can provide comfortable, safe and effective sedation dentistry for all patients who require it.

Who can benefit?

Most patients who could benefit from sedation dentistry often experience an intense fear being at the dentist and anxiety over potential dental pain.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows a dentist in Richmond to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including a fuzzy memory of undergoing the procedure, experiencing little sense of time while under sedation, as well as reduced or no fear or anxiety during dental treatment. Sedation dentistry allows patients to feel more relaxed and comfortable.

What levels of sedation are required?

Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law and there are two sedative states which a dentist in Richmond can administer: mild sedation and deep sedation.

Mild sedation is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. Patients remain awake or drowsy throughout the entire procedure but will feel a sense of relaxation. Nitrous oxide inhalation (sometimes known as laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.

Deep sedation is another option. Patients receiving deep sedation often fall asleep during their procedure. Patients usually have little recollection of the treatment. It is recommended that patients who receive deep sedation have someone accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off after a dental procedure. They are also advised not drive, drink alcohol or work machinery while the sedative wears off.

A discussion with a dentist will enable patients to determine which level of sedation they require, depending on their own personal concerns and the particular treatment that will be carried out.