At Dental Associates of Delaware it is our goal to stay up to date on the latest technologies in the dental world in order to deliver the most efficient and effective care to our patients. We know that most people do not visit their dentists as often as they should and a lot of that has to do with fear. Luckily for you our family dentistry practices sedation dentistry in order to bring you a worry-free experience when you visit our office. We feel it is vital that every patient is comfortable when visiting the dentist, even if that means sedation. Let’s explore further what sedation dentistry is, how it works and if it might be an option for you or one of your family members.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry goes beyond anesthesia that can eliminate pain for most people and helps patients relax. This form of dentistry uses certain medications to help anxious patients feel calm going into dental treatments. Whether a patient is experiencing a filling or cosmetic dentistry such as veneers and dental implants, we want to make sure your experience is stress free. This is possible for all patients with the use of sedation dentistry.
How Does Dental Sedation Works
Our Dental Associates of Delaware Dentists only want to sedate you enough so that you are relaxed enough to have a comfortable experience. This is why we offer different levels of sedation for our patients including the following:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral Sedation
- Intravenous Sedation aka Sleep Dentistry
It is important to us that each and every one of our patients is comfortable while in the chair and that is why it is vital to offer our patients different forms of sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide is an effective way for us to make sure that our patients are relaxed and comfortable during a dental procedure. This is a very light form of sedation and would most likely be used for a procedure that takes less time as it is fast working but also fades quickly. You may be familiar with the term “laughing gas” when it comes to nitrous oxide. Approximately one-third of dentists use laughing gas in their offices and is extremely safe when professionally administered.
Oral sedation works in the form of a pill that patients will ingest prior to the dental procedure to relax them. This is a great option for patients that need a little more than nitrous oxide but also don’t want to go completely under. Oral sedation is a conscious sedation where patients are more aware of what is happening, just under a more relaxed state of mind. Most healthy adults are candidates for oral sedation if they need help remaining calm during a dental procedure. If you think you may be a candidate for this form of sedation dentistry we encourage you to contact our Brandywine or Hockessin office for more information.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation where the IV is placed in the patient’s arm or hand to administer the sedative drugs to help manage stress and keep patients calm throughout the dental procedure. This form of sedation is a technique used by an anesthesiologist or a dentist that has been specially trained. At Dental Associates of Delaware we are proud to use the services of anesthesiologists from Mobile Anesthesia Service Concepts, LLC.
At our family dentistry offices it is important to us to have our patients enjoy their experience with us, especially our more nervous patients. This is why IV sedation is an important modern aspect of dentistry to help relax even the most high fear patients. When conscious sedation is used patients don’t fully fall asleep but put patients in a fully really relaxed and dream like state. If you think that this form of dentistry may be for you we encourage you to visit the sedation dentistry section of our website for more information.
Visit One Of Our Six Conveniently Located Offices Today!
If you think that you or one of your family members may be a candidate for sedation dentistry we encourage you to reach out to one of our offices in Brandywine, Hockessin, Middletown, Newark, Wilmington, or Millsboro. You can also find out more information on our sedation dentistry page of our website. We hope to see you soon for the most relaxing and comfortable dental experience of your life!