At Germantown Dental Group, our cosmetic dentists and their experienced team understand that many people have anxieties or fears about dental work. That’s why we offer advanced sedation dentistry techniques to help patients experience a more relaxed, even pleasant, treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry works
Dental anxiety can keep patients from obtaining necessary dental care, which can lead to major dental problems and even risks to an individual’s overall health. Sedation dentistry involves techniques that allow you to settle your nerves before and during the treatment process. These techniques can help you experience a more comfortable and relaxing procedure while minimizing or eliminating discomfort.
With sedation dentistry, you can alleviate your fears and get the care you need to have healthier teeth and gums and a beautiful smile!
The benefits of sedation dentistry in Germantown:
Sedation dentistry offers anxious dental patients a way to reduce stress and achieve a more comfortable treatment. Sometimes referred to as “sleep” dentistry, these techniques can help patients who:
Are nervous at the thought of needles and dental treatment overall
Are uncomfortable with the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells associated with a dental office
Have sensitive teeth and gums
Have difficulty getting numb
Have a sensitive gag reflex
Are anxious about having dental conditions that may require an extensive treatment process
Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation is a very popular sedation option at Germantown Dental Group, and it involves no needles! About one hour before your procedure with Dr. Gruen, Dr. Whittemore, Dr. Bernstein, or Dr. Vick, you will take a small pill. Once the procedure begins, the effects of the pill should make you feel extraordinarily relaxed. While you will not be unconscious and you should be able to communicate with our dental team during treatment, oral conscious sedation allows you to experience a comfortable, pain-free procedure. In fact, you may not even remember that the procedure took place at all once it’s complete. A member of our team will be monitoring your vital signs throughout the treatment to make sure everything is running smoothly. It’s also important to note that you will be very drowsy once treatment is finished, so you will need someone to drive you to and from the practice for your appointment.
Sleepiness and grogginess are the most common side effects of this particular sedation dentistry technique. While oral conscious sedation should not put you completely to sleep during treatment, a feeling of drowsiness will be present after the procedure. Some individuals may also have a “dry mouth” sensation; however, this should fade as the effects of sedation wear off. Some patients have also reported a temporary headache, dizziness, and a feeling of lightheadedness following the procedure, but these effects typically dissipate quickly. One side effect that is often welcome for many patients is oral conscious sedation’s “amnesic” abilities, which lets emerge from the procedure with little to no memory of it ever taking place.