Sedation Dentistry

Taking the Fear Out of Visiting the Dentist

For so many patients, the dentist is something they avoid at all costs. Unfortunately, this avoidance can lead to cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, infection, or other dental problems. Not only can opting out of dental visits lead to more dental issues, but it can also affect your overall health as well. Research has shown that there is a direct link to your dental health and oral health. In fact, because of the bacteria and infection present in patients with gum disease, there is a direct correlation between gum disease and heart disease.


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So, instead of letting your fear of going to the dentist keep you from receiving the treatment you need, learn more about sedation dentistry. With sedation dentistry, you can sit back and relax and let us take great care of you. Take care of a lot of dental work at once!

Sedation dentistry is most indicated for lengthy procedures. We understand how difficult coming to the dentist can be when you have a dental phobia, so we strive to accomplish as much as we can at each appointment. Sedation dentistry will allow you to relax even during an extended appointment fully.


Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be used for any procedure. If you have one of the following situations, you may be a candidate for sedation dentistry:
• Dental phobia or anxiety when visiting the dentist
• Dental work that will be long or invasive
• Teeth that are extremely sensitive
• Strong gag reflex
• A needle phobia

To determine whether you would be a candidate for sedation dentistry, and make a plan that is right for you, contact our office for a consultation today.

How oral sedation works

Oral sedation is a type of sedation dentistry taken in pill form. It is normal an anti-anxiety medication or a mild sleeping pill. Most commonly, a pill is taken about an hour before the appointment. Some patients may start to feel drowsy on their way to receive treatment. Once the patient has arrived at the office, sometimes a second dose is taken. While patients are technically awake, they are “out of it” and will most likely not remember the appointment. Patients can respond if we ask them to do something like turning their head, but they are so relaxed – some will even take short naps throughout the procedure.
It is important to note that with sedation dentistry, a friend or family member will need to bring you to your appointment as well as be there to take you home.

Hope to see you soon,

Dr.Kelly O’Hara


Check out the “What is Sedation Dentistry” video.


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