Dental Tips Blog


Why Do You Need Sedation Dentistry?

You love going to the dentist, so why would you need to ask about sedation dentistry? Here are a few good reasons:

You have quite a bit of treatment to complete.

Needing a few fillings, a crown, or a combination of other dental work all done can seem overwhelming. These treatments usually need to be broken up into a few different appointments so that you don’t have to have your entire mouth anesthetized for hours after your visit. However, with sedation dentistry you can elect to have all of your treatment done in just one visit. This saves you valuable time and helps you get your oral health under control more quickly. 

You need to have wisdom teeth extracted.

Involved procedures like removing wisdom teeth are best done under sedation. Why? Because it keeps you comfortable and allows the dentist to work quickly. Without having to worry about your comfort (because if you’re sedated, you will have the maximum level of comfort), your dentist can complete the procedure in less time than if you were fully conscious. 

You just don’t want to know what’s going on.

Are you one of those people who just want the dentist to complete your treatment and not hear the sounds and procedures going on in the background? You’re not alone! Many people are perfectly comfortable having dental work done, but they would rather tune it all out. Sedation dentistry treatments allow you to do just that!

There are several types of sedation dentistry available. Call your dentist to find out which types of sedation are available, and understand which one might be the best one for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Envy Smile Dental Spa
1738 East 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 891-0606


Sedation Dentistry for the Special Needs Patient

Special needs patients require special dental care providers. Because routine dental procedures like cleanings and x-rays can be exhausting to the patient and their caregiver, sedation dentistry allows the patient to be able to relax and have all of their treatment completed during one appointment. Sedation appointments also help dental providers to be more efficient in the care that they provide, as these appointments allow each patient to be extremely cooperative for the entire length of their procedure.

Sedation is achieved either by an oral medication taken before the appointment, or through intravenous delivery of medication. For cases where a deeper stage of sedation is needed, intravenous is the method of choice.

In the past it was difficult for caregivers to find and schedule sedation dentistry appointments for special needs patients such as patients with developmental disabilities, dental anxiety, or an uncontrollable severe gag reflex.  Dentists who specialize in sleep and sedation dentistry offer sedation services on a routine basis for not only patients with special needs, but also every patient that requests sedation services.

Because the patient is sedated into a level of sleep, very large treatment cases can be treated all at once. These appointments may last for up to a few hours in order to complete all of the care, but the patient will never notice. They will wake up rested and comfortable, as local anesthetic is still used to numb the area where treatment took place.

If you have been trying to find a dental care provider for the special needs patient in your life, look for a dentist that specializes in sleep and sedation dentistry.


Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Are you one of the millions of Americans who avoid getting much needed dental care because just the thought of going to the dentist fills you with dread and fear?  Or maybe you are or are a caregiver for a special needs patient who cannot tolerate traditional dental care due to physical limitations.  Fortunately, sedation dentistry offers a solution that allows dental anxiety patients and special needs patients to get the dental care they need.

Traditional dentistry relies on the use of Novocain and similar local anesthetics to numb the area of your mouth where the dental work is performed.  Sedation dentistry takes it to the next level by providing intravenous sedation in addition to local anesthetic that relaxes the patient and provides a comfortable, anxiety free dental experience.

Depending on the needs of the patient, a dentist who practices sedation dentistry can administer different levels of sedation from mild sedation to deep sedation.  With mild levels of sedation, the patient is very relaxed but conscious and can respond to questions and communicate with the dentist.  At deeper levels of sedation the patient will fall asleep, but can be awoken.  The deepest level of sedation is full, unconscious sedation.  This is sometimes called hospital sleep dentistry because the dental procedure is often performed in a specially equipped surgical suite or hospital operating room.

Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective way for many patients to get much needed dental care who would otherwise compromise their health by avoiding the dentist altogether.  Only a few dentists have the special training needed to practice sedation dentistry.  For more information and to find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, talk to a dentist in your area who practices sedation dentistry.

Most Popular

Tori, Exostosis, and Extra Bone Formation in the Mouth

A fairly common occurrence in the mouth is the existence of extra bone development along the outside or inside of the jawline near the teeth, or in the roof of…

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum….

Difference Between Conscious and Unconscious Sedation

Sedation dentistry is a wonderful option for many people who would not or cannot tolerate dentistry in a traditional dental setting.   Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist,…