D. Gregory Hiebert, DDS
Phone: [479] 717.7382
Sedation Dentistry

What is Sedation Dentistry and who should consider it?

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of oral medication during dental procedures to deliver the patient to a comfortable state of sleep. Dental Sedation is often used during procedures that require an extensive amount of time, as well as many other reasons:

---• High anxiety or fear (phobia)
---• Past traumatic dental experience
---• Difficulty getting numb
---• Trouble controlling movements (especially children or conditions such as cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s Disease)
---• Extreme gag reflex
---• Very sensitive teeth
---• Limited time to complete dental care
---• Complex dental problems
---• Dislike needles and shots
---• Uncomfortable with noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
---• Apprehension or embarrassed about teeth

It is estimated that over 30 million Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of dental anxiety or dental phobia. Dental phobia is a serious condition. People with this condition are terrified and can become panic-stricken when it comes time to see the dentist. They often avoid the appointment altogether. If they do force themselves to go, they often do not sleep the night before or may become sick in the waiting room.

What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry works and is safe! Dental work normally requiring 6 to 8 appointments can be done in as little as one. Those who are anxious or fearful become relaxed and comfortable. You will feel no pain and have little or no memory of the experience (including sounds or smells). Compared to a regular extended treatment requiring a long visit, there is a marked reduction of fatigue.

What to expect before, during and after Sedation Dentistry?

Most of the time, you will be given medication to use the night before to ensure a good nights rest. You will also take a small pill 1 hour prior to your appointment (No IVs or needles). A companion must accompany you to and from your visit, since you will be very drowsy. Once you arrive at our office, you are escorted into the sleep room and covered with a warm, cozy blanket. You sleep for approximately 5 to 6 hours after taking the pill.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas; is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.

Your vital signs are monitored for the duration of your visit. Our experienced team takes care of your dental needs. When your treatment is completed, your companion may take you home to finish your relaxed sleep.

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