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Sedation Dentistry

Envision A Smile

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in St. Charles, IL

Sedation dentistry can make it easier to receive the dental care you need. Rick Brar, DMD, and Keith Bram, DDS, of Envision a Smile in St. Charles, Illinois, offer numerous sedation options to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout your visit. If you have questions or concerns about sedation dentistry, schedule a consultation today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you can always call to check availability.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of medication to ease dental anxiety and make visits far easier to manage. It’s a great tool for men and women who postpone necessary dental care over fears and misgivings about dental procedures.

There are multiple sedation options available. Your Envision a Smile dentist can evaluate your dental needs and your level of anxiety to guide you toward the option that’s right for you. You receive the details you need to make an informed decision about sedation. That alone can go a long way toward lessening your anxiety.

What causes dental anxiety?

Anxiety is a complex issue, and it’s not always possible to pinpoint how or why it originates. Some factors that can contribute to dental anxiety include:

  • Previous negative experience in the dental chair
  • Hearing stories about other people’s negative experiences
  • Fears about the efficacy of the anesthesia
  • A feeling of helplessness and loss of control
  • Discomfort with close physical proximity

In some cases, dental anxiety leads you to delay scheduling restorative treatment. As decay worsens, you’ll likely experience increasing pain, which can lead to the false assumption that treatment will be even more painful. For example, many people assume a root canal is painful, but it is actually the infection that causes pain. Once the root canal procedure is complete, the pain is gone.

What types of dental sedation are available?

There are various levels of sedation to choose from at Envision a Smile. The right fit depends on the type of procedure you’re scheduled for and your level of anxiety.

Minimal sedation

This approach relaxes you, but you’ll remain alert and awake.

Moderate sedation

This option allows you to rest during the procedure, but you’ll still be able to communicate and respond to your dentist’s instructions. You may have little memory of your procedure.

Deep sedation

With deep sedation, you remain on the very edge of consciousness throughout your treatment, and will not likely remember the experience.

There are several ways to administer sedation. Inhaling mild sedation in a gaseous form, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is one option, or you can choose to take a pill. Oral medication is also an option for certain moderate sedation approaches. You can also receive some types of medication intravenously.

It’s important to have a friend or loved one available to drive you home after your appointment. The effects of sedation wear off quickly, but it’s always best to take the safest approach.

If you’d like to learn more about how Envision a Smile approaches sedation dentistry, book a consultation using the online tool or over the phone.