There are many who are fearful of going to the dentist even before they arrive at the office. Sedation dentistry may be recommended to help reduce a child's or adult's anxiety.
Mild to moderate sedation dentistry allows one to stay awake, while deeply relaxed, during the procedure. This means the person will still be able to follow direction from the dentist, and it will put the person at ease during the appointment. Due to the length and complexity of some procedures, Dr. Jackson may suggest the use of sedatives even if the patient is not uneasy.
Sedatives can be administered using a variety of methods:
- Inhalation - Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas"
- Oral medications
- Intravenous sedatives
Different sedatives and routes of administration produce different levels of sedation. The doctors are thoroughly trained to determine the best level of sedation for a fearful child or adult. The doctor's priorities during the procedures that require sedation are your (or your child's) safety and comfort. The entire team is full trained and very experience in monitoring patients and recognizing issues after the administration of medications.
When deeper levels of sedation are necessary, we offer options that has the patient asleep for all dental procedures.
Please be aware that you will need someone to drive you to and from any procedures that involve sedation dentistry.