Sedation Dentistry

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When you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist in Charleston, WV, we at Smith Family Dentistry are here to deliver unparalleled dental care. Through our many different dental treatments we offer in Charleston, WV, from dental implant restoration to crowns, we’re positive that we can give you a healthier and a more beautiful smile. The benefits that a dentist can provide are limitless, which is why it’s unfortunate for us to say that many people are actually too nervous or fearful to take advantage of this needed service. Not to worry though! Even if this happens to be you, we have just the solution to your problem – sedation dentistry. With our sedation dentistry options, we’ll be able to administer medication that will help you relax.

It’s important for us to mention first that before we can recommend any particular sedative to you, we’ll need to obtain your complete health history and list of medications that you’re taking. On the day of your treatment, please make sure to have someone that’s available to drive you to and from your appointment as some medications will take some time to wear off.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation (sedation given by mouth) is our most popular option because it doesn’t require the usage of needles. Oral sedatives are either swallowed in pill form or they can be dissolved underneath the tongue. A variety of oral sedative and anxiolytic (anxiety-dissolving) medications are available to allow us to make your dental experience as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Oral sedatives have proven safety records and some even have “amnesic” properties, meaning that while you’ll remain conscious throughout the treatment, you won’t remember it afterward. Some of our most commonly prescribed medications include Valium, Halcion, Sonata, Ativan, Vistaril, and Versed. If you’d like to learn more, please feel free to take a look at our types of oral sedatives.

Inhalation Conscious Sedation

Nitrous oxide, which is a sedative that you inhale, has been used in dental offices for about 100 years and is a safe and proven way of sedating a patient. This can be used by itself or in conjunction with anti-anxiety medication. Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal hood, resembling a small cup that’s placed over your nose. Oxygen is mixed in with nitrous oxide to provide a light-headed or euphoric feeling for a patient. All bodily functions will remain normal during the use of this sedative. Also, the effect is quick to wear off so there will be no ‘hangover’ effect.

IV Conscious Sedation

Sedatives that are administered into your bloodstream intravenously (through the vein) are much more potent than those that are taken orally and the amnesic effects can be more profound as well, meaning that a patient likely won’t remember a thing about the dental procedure afterward. Because IV sedation has an almost immediate effect on the body and the body’s functions (heart rate, breathing, blood pressure), there is also a higher degree of risk associated with this type of sedation. This type of sedation also requires a higher level of training to administer it compared to other sedatives.

Contact Your Cosmetic Dentist in Charleston, WV!

If you’d like to learn more about our sedation dentistry or dental implants in Charleston, WV, we encourage you to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, feel free to give us a call at (304) 343-9131. We hope to see you soon and make your time with us as comfortable as possible!

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