Dental Sedation

Does the thought of going to the dentist, even for a routine check-up, worry you? Do you feel anxious before certain procedures? We are here to help. Sedation dentistry may be a great option to consider if you feel you need more help relaxing during complex dental procedures and treatments.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the administration of sedative medicine to help a patient feel calm and restful during procedures. Although the patient experiences a sleep-like state, they remain conscious.

Our team at Chelmsford Dental wants you to feel at ease every step of the way. There are three types of sedation to help ease your worries:

  • Oral sedation – Oral sedation is a tablet taken about an hour before an appointment. If you are taking oral sedation, you will be prescribed this prior to your appointment.
  • Inhalation sedation – Inhalation sedation involves breathing in nitrous oxide gas, commonly referred to as ‘happy gas’ or ‘laughing gas’, to decrease sensitivity to pain.
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation – Intravenous sedation, sometimes referred to as ‘sleep dentistry’ or ‘twilight sedation’, involves a sedative being injected into your arm. It quickly leaves the patient feeling drowsy and relaxed.
Dr. James's surgery at Chelmsford Dental in Mt.Lawley.

Advantages and Disadvantages

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Special Considerations After Sedation Dentistry

Inhalation sedation has no after effects and usually wears off quickly after the appointment. IV and oral sedation will most likely leave you feeling a bit drowsy afterwards.

You will need to be sure someone is arranged to take you home and look after you for several hours afterwards if you receive IV sedation or oral sedation. You will not be able to operate machinery or drive for 24 hours following these types of sedation.

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Learn More About Sedation Dentistry

If you are feeling nervous about getting dental treatment, please contact us today so we can discuss the ways we can help you feel at ease during your procedure or appointment.

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