Sedation dentistry has changed the way many of our patients think about going to the dentist. Instead of feeling overcome with worry, fear, tension, or anxiety, patients are able to relax comfortably while they receive the treatment they need to achieve healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. At Libby Dental, we offer a variety of sedation options to suit your needs and deliver a top-quality experience. Your safety and comfort are always our first priorities.
At Libby Dental, we go at your pace. Whether you need a gentle cleaning or a restorative procedure like a dental crown, our heart is invested in helping you feel better, all the way through. Call us at (619) 276-6884 to speak with our staff about your options for sedation dentistry.
To learn more about sedation dentistry, please explore the informative sections provided below:
- What Is Sedation Dentistry?
- Sedation Dentistry Benefits
- Sedation Dentistry Types
- Sedation Dentistry Side Effects
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a therapeutic dental treatment that utilizes various sedative medications to reduce fear, anxiety, and/or discomfort during dental work. This option has helped patients all over the nation receive necessary dental care and overcome dental anxiety. For patients with a sensitive gag reflex or who are sensitive to treatment, sedation dentistry has made dental care possible.
“I do sedation dentistry every day. It opens up avenues for people who have been away from the dentist for sometimes 20 years at a time. Patients come in crying because they’re so terrified. We’re able to get a lot of work done and get to see the light go on again, dignity restored. It’s an incredible thing to see.”
~Dr. Landon Libby
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation during dental care can provide a broad range of benefits for patients with various needs and sensitivities. Sedation dentistry can be an ideal solution for individuals who:
- Have extreme fear or anxiety about going to the dentist
- Do not respond well to local anesthesia techniques
- Have very sensitive teeth or gums
- Require extensive, invasive, and/or complex dental care
- Desire to complete several dental procedures in one sitting
- Have a hyperactive gag reflex
- Have a difficult time relaxing in the dental chair during treatment
If you think that sedation dentistry may be beneficial for you, we encourage you to contact Libby Dental to schedule a consultation and discuss the options we offer. Our team can help match your needs with the most suitable sedation option available.
What Types of Sedation Dentistry Are Available?
At Libby Dental, we offer two types of sedation that can help you feel at ease in the dentist’s chair. Each level of sedation offers unique advantages that can be suitable for a wide range of dental treatments.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Enjoy needle-free dentistry. Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a small, easily-consumed pill that can even be taken prior to entering the office. You’ll get to feel the ease and relaxation gently coaxing its way over you as you remain conscious and in control throughout your treatment.
IV sedation is a form of deep sedation used more commonly in cases where complex dental work is done, such as a tooth extraction or full mouth reconstruction. Patients remain in control, yet they may not have a memory of the process after treatment.
What Are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?
It is common to feel drowsy, light headed, and a bit groggy after receiving sedation. With oral conscious sedation and IV sedation, you will need to make arrangements for a ride home with a friend or family member after your procedure, as driving yourself could be dangerous. Our dentists typically recommend taking time to rest and relax after your procedure to allow the medications to fully wear off.
Are you waiting for the day when you can go in to see the dentist and come out still beaming wide? As your family and cosmetic dentist in Mission Valley, Dr. Libby encourages you to make the call at (619) 276-6884 to ask us how we may help you.