Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you feel calm, relaxed and at ease during dental procedures. It’s a moderate level of sedation, so you’re still technically awake but feeling very carefree. It’s sometimes called conscious sedation dentistry or “twilight sleep” because it creates a state of short-term amnesia (forgetfulness) where you experience insensitivity to pain without the loss of consciousness.

Who needs sedation dentistry?

People of all ages can benefit from sedation dentistry, including children. Dentists often recommend this option for those with:

  • Dental anxiety.
  • A fear of visiting the dentist.
  • An overly sensitive gag reflex.
  • A fear of needles (aichmophobia).
  • Extreme teeth sensitivity.
  • Feelings of claustrophobia while in the dental chair.
  • Decreased sensitivity to local anesthesia.
  • Difficulty controlling movements.
  • Special needs (including physical, cognitive or behavioral).

What types of sedation are used at Fayetteville Dental Studio?

There are varying levels of sedation dentistry based on your unique needs. Factors include your level of anxiety, the length of your procedure, your health history and personal preferences. The most common types of sedation dentistry include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation.

Oral conscious sedation

With oral conscious sedation, your dentist gives you sedative medication (usually in pill form) about an hour before your procedure begins. Dr. Mauer uses triazolam (Halcion®), which is in the diazepam (Valium®) family. This is only used for our dental implant surgery patients only on the day of surgery.

Oral sedation makes you quite groggy, and you may even fall asleep. But you’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist if necessary, and you’ll awaken with a gentle nudge. Because oral sedation temporarily affects your memory and motor skills, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure.

**We currently do not use IV sedation or Nitrous Oxide**