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Sedation Dentist Serving Nashville

Man in blue shirt getting check-upIn recent years, more patients than ever before have reported experiencing dental fear or anxiety. Luckily for them, we offer the solution  – sedation dentistry. In addition to offering relaxation to those patients who experience dental anxiety, sedation is an effective solution for a number of other dentistry related concerns including:

  • Teeth, gum, and gag reflex sensitivity
  • Physical or cognitive impairment that makes dental care unsafe or unmanageable
  • The need to perform multiple or complex procedures in one visit

To find out more about sedation dentistry, contact our team or continue reading below.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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The most commonly used form of dental sedation, nitrous oxide, allows patients to experience a euphoric state of relaxation and diminished sensitivity to pain throughout treatment. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose during treatment, and our doctors are able to easily adjust dosage for optimal relaxation at any point. The effects of nitrous oxide are quickly diminished which means patients are able to return to their daily routines immediately following treatment. Our doctors are also able to safely monitor vital signs while patients are sedated.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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Those patients who experience extreme stress or anxiety prior to dental visits may want to consider oral conscious sedation. By taking a sedative pill about an hour prior treatment, patients begin to relax before they ever leave home. Oral conscious sedation, as the name suggests, does not render patients unconscious. Instead, patients enter a state of deep relaxation for several hours. Because the effects of oral conscious sedation are long lasting, patients need a trusted friend or family member to drive them to and from our office and monitor their recovery.

Intravenous Sedation

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Apart from general anesthesia which renders patients completely unconscious, IV sedation is the strongest available sedative for dental care. IV sedation is administered during treatment, and are able to adjust dosage during a procedure to provide optimal comfort and relaxation for patients. Like oral conscious sedation, the effects of IV sedation last 12 or more hours following care, and patients will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment.