Comfort and Sedation Dentistry (Nitrous and Oral)
Around 40 million Americans avoid the dentist because of the anxiety and fear they have towards any dental procedure.
We strive to give all our patients the dental work they need with the least amount of pain and stress. This is why we offer sedation dentistry options for our patient’s comfort. These options allow our dentists to safely provide anxious patients with the care they need without them actually experiencing the procedure.
Under sedation, patients have no memory, no sense of smell, taste or time during the procedure and all fear is eliminated. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by the law and Corner Cove Dental is a licensed practice, which you will find to be professional at all times.
There are three intensities of sedation, namely mild, moderate and deep.
Mild sedation is used during a short surgery and normally results in the patient feeling very sleepy and relaxed. The effect only lasts for a few hours after the surgery.
Moderate sedation is used for longer or more complex procedures and puts the patient into a state of deep relaxation. Although the patient is technically awake after the sedative is administered, it is recommended that a family member, friend or guardian be present during the procedure as a moderate sedative will take a longer time to wear off and the patient will not be able to drive a vehicle.
Deep sedation puts the patient in a semi-unconscious state. Patients do not normally remember the procedure and can not respond to commands whilst under deep sedation. It is also advised that a family member, friend or guardian be present during the procedure as it will take a long time for the sedative to wear off and the patient will not be able to drive a vehicle.
At Corner Cove Dental, we administer oral and nitrous sedation. Oral sedation is a common method of sedation and does not involve needles, but rather the patient is asked to take a prescription pill sometime before the surgery to ensure the individual is ready and relaxed when the procedure begins.
The second method, Nitrous, involves Nitrous oxide, better known as laughing gas, which eases mild to moderate anxiety and is quick to recover from, so your everyday activities can resume immediately.