Here at Shadow Valley Dental Group, we know that going to the dentist can be a little scary, especially if you’re getting a filling, root canal, or other procedure done. But, when you come in for your appointment, you don’t have to be worried about the pain often associated with dental work. We offer a number of painless dental sedation options to help put you at ease during your visit. Here’s a look at some of our dental sedation options:
- Painless Anesthetic – Painless anesthetic can take various forms. The most common is an anesthetic injection which can be administered to a patient’s gums surrounding the tooth that the dentist is working on. This form of dental sedation numbs the nerves in the area. Anesthetic gels can also be applied to the gums to reduce pain and sensitivity.
- IV Conscious Sedation - With IV conscious sedation, the dentist gives the sedative drug though an IV, which is the fastest-working form of dental sedation. An IV is also the easiest to control the level of sedation. In most cases, your dentist will keep you awake, or conscious during the procedure. Some procedures, though, such as a tooth extraction, may call for a higher level of sedation.
- Oral Conscious Sedation – This type of dental sedation involves taking a Halcion pill approximately an hour before a dental procedure. Halcion, which is a drug related to Valium, makes patients feel drowsy and relaxed. In some circumstances, the patient can fall gently asleep during a procedure with oral conscious sedation.
- Nitrous Oxide – Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a safe dental sedative that is inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. The gas helps patients feel more relaxed during a dental procedure. Often, when patients inhale nitrous oxide, they feel a warm tingling sensation, an overall feeling of well-being, and sometimes a feeling of sleepiness.
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About Shadow Valley Dental Group
Dr. Todd Hasty of Shadow Valley Dental Group is a premier dentist serving patients in Maumee, Ohio. At Shadow Valley Dental Group, you can expect gentle, personalized dental care and unmatched dental expertise. We provide comprehensive services including cleanings, fillings, root canals, implants, cosmetic dental services, and more! Contact Shadow Valley Dental Group today to set up your appointment!
1574 Henthorne, Suite A
Maumee, OH 43537