AtPineville Family Dentistry, Dr. Babb specializes in informative, patient-focused care. Our team wants you to feel safe and comfortable during your appointment, whether you’re just visiting for an oral exam and teeth cleaning, or you’ll be undergoing an oral surgery such as dental implant placement. We offer sedation dentistry for all eligible patients to keep you calm and comfortable during your procedure. With sedation dentistry, you can relax in the dentist’s chair and get the treatment you need!
Around 9-20% of the population suffers from dental anxiety. Often, sedation dentistry is the best way to treat patients who are anxious about going to the dentist, as it allows them to relax and helps them overcome their fear.
However, just about anyone can be sedated at the dentist, as long as you are healthy and there are no other complications that would prevent the use of sedatives. You may want to be sedated during your appointment if:
To find out if you can be sedated during your appointment, just consult with Dr. Babb at your appointment, and he’ll offer honest advice and recommend the sedation options that are best for you.
At most dental offices, you’ll choose between two types of sedation. Nitrous oxide, also known as “minimal inhaled sedation” or “laughing gas,” and oral sedation.
Laughing gas is a good choice for you if you would like to be able to relax during your procedure, but do not want any long-lasting side effects from your sedation. A nose mask is used to deliver the sedative to your lungs during your procedure, resulting in feelings of giddiness and euphoria. These effects last only about 5 minutes, and you can drive yourself home right after your procedure.
Oral sedation is a more deep form of sedation. You’ll take a pill-based sedative, usually about an hour before your appointment. Then, you’ll begin to feel drowsy and you may even start to fall asleep during your procedure. If you’d prefer deeper sedation, this may be the right sedation method for you. However, you cannot drive yourself home afterward, so you will need to make appropriate transportation arrangements beforehand.
Contact the team at Pineville Family Dentistry for more information about pricing, insurance coverage, and other details. Whether you’re in Pineville, Kingsville, Legacy Point or Richfield, we’re here to help with comfortable dentistry in a welcoming environment.