A fear of the dentist is often among lists of top fears that people have. Here at Shattuck Dentistry & Braces, we want to change all of that. A fairly new innovation in the field of outpatient dental treatment is sedation or “sleep dentistry”. We are very sympathetic to our patient’s concerns; after all, we all have dental health needs as well.
Without needles, we are able to apply light sedation to patients to alleviate anxiety and calm the mind. The patient relaxes in a sleeping, but conscious, state as the work is completed, often without the patient even being aware that anything has happened at all. Our staff works with each patient to determine the level and method of sedation required, with patient health and comfort being our primary concerns at all times.
Who Can Benefit
For patients who do not normally mind standard dental procedures without sedation, the added time and expense are not typically recommended. For patients who are extremely anxious about dentistry, maybe even to the point of having put it off for long periods, sedation may be just the key.
Patients with extensive work to be done and very young patients are also good candidates for sedation dentistry. It gives the patient peace of mind while giving the dentist freedom to use the most efficient techniques, without concern about worrying or frightening the patient. Work is often done more quickly with less pain afterward, using this technique.
Each case is completely unique. We will tailor our approach to meet your emotional and physical needs. We work with methods that exclude the use of needles, to make it as comfortable as possible. Each of our staff is thoroughly trained and educated and we work using only protocols and techniques that have proven safe through use with millions of patients worldwide.
Once the patient is thoroughly sedated at the level required for the procedure and patient needs, the procedure is completed. Sedation is maintained throughout the procedure and the patient is allowed to wake and recover in a calm and welcoming environment once the work is complete.