Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Inspired Smiles understands that not everyone is comfortable at the dentist’s office in Richmond. In fact, some are downright anxious when it comes to dental checkups and professional cleanings.
Sedation dentistry in Richmond is the best defense against dental anxiety and is available from Inspired Smiles.
Happy woman looking at mirror in dentistry clinic.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Dental sedation keeps you calm, cool and collected during dental appointments where there is no pain, sensitivity or memory of the procedure or procedures. People of all ages, even children are excellent candidates for sedation dentistry.

Dr. Victoria Yeager and Dr. Daniel Yeager explain that dental sedation is often recommended for people who experience:

Dental Anxiety
Gag Reflux Sensitivity
Fear of Needles
Extreme Claustrophobia
Decreased Sensitivity to Anesthesia
Problems Controlling Movement
Special Needs
Multiple Procedures

Types of Sedation Dentistry

There are varying degrees of dental sedation that are based on the patient’s needs. Dr. Victoria and Dr. Daniel Yeager will weigh in your level of dental fear, treatment time, your personal preferences and your oral and overall health history to provide you with the best type of dental sedation.
The most common types of dental sedation are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV or intravenous sedation.
While some restorative procedures can be completed in a single dental appointment, such as tooth colored fillings, other procedures, such as crowns and dental implants require two or more appointments with Inspired Smiles.

Nitrous Oxide

Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nosepiece or mask connected to a machine that delivers the gas. You will begin to feel calm in about four or five minutes.

The Inspired Smiles team will make sure that you receive the correct dosage throughout the treatment.

After the procedure is over, pure oxygen is used to flush the laughing gas out of your system. Because there are no long term effects, you are able to drive yourself home from the dentist’s office in Richmond.

Oral Conscious Sedation

This type of sedation dentistry is given in pill or liquid form about an hour before your procedures begins making you quite groggy. However, as with laughing gas you are still able to communicate with your Richmond dentist.

Because this type of sedation wears off temporarily it will affect your motor skills and memory. If you are having oral conscious sedation you will need to ask someone to drive you home from your dental visit.

IV Sedation

Intravenous sedation is used for patients suffering from extreme dental fear and for people who are having multiple dental procedures at the same time.

During IV sedation, Inspired Smiles will administer the sedative directly into your bloodstream using an IV line while monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate and other vitals adjusting the dosage as necessary.

The majority of people who have had IV sedation have no memory of the treatment when they wake up. With that being said, just like oral conscious sedation you will need someone to take you home from the dentist’s office.

Richmond Dental Sedation

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry schedule an appointment. Inspired Smiles is the caring dental practice that will help you overcome your fear.
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