Drift through your dental treatment comfortably and relaxed with sedation dentistry. We can help make dentistry a walk in the park!
Sedation Dentistry or Dental Sedation
For some patients, dentistry can be rather difficult to endure. Perhaps there was a difficult dental experience early in life, or maybe a low threshold of discomfort. Whatever the reason, such patients can be very well-served through the enhanced comfort available with sedation dentistry. At City Center Dental Care, Dr. Hayes will review your medical history with you during the pre-anesthetic assessment to determine the best type of sedation for your case. We offer both oral sedation, which consists of a combination of pills to make you relaxed and sleepy, taken one hour before the treatment as well as IV sedation for improved response and control.
Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas”- is available in all treatment rooms at City Center Dental Care and can be used for routine cleanings or more advanced dental procedures. This gas helps patients relax and takes the edge off. A mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen delivered through a nasal canula to achieve the desired effect. With this option, patients do not require someone accompanying them to their appointment as the gas wears off very quickly. This is a great option for many patients that require minimal sedation.
Oral Sedation- can provide minimal or moderate sedation based on the medication dose provided. Most people will be groggy enough to fall asleep during the procedure and be gently woken up at the completion of the procedure. Many patients cannot believe how fast the time goes by and work is complete.
IV Sedation- medications for sedation are delivered through an IV so they work much more quickly. Dr. Hayes has the greatest control in the level of sedation with this option and he will continually regulate medications to achieve the desired level of drowsiness over the course of the procedure. This is a great option for maximizing the amount of dental treatment in a single visit while you rest comfortably, having no recollection of the procedure.
Patient safety is paramount: Dr. Hayes is trained in Advance Cardiac Life Support and will continuously monitor you throughout the procedure, tracking your EKG, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and end tidal CO2. If you think sedation dentistry is the much-needed option for you, we would love the opportunity to talk about this unique opportunity, call City Center Dental Care to set up your consultation.
For many patients, a trip to the dentist creates an overwhelming sense of panic or anxiety. It is this fear that has kept so many people from getting much-needed dental care. To help patients relax, Dr. Hayes has received advanced training, including advanced cardiac life support, so that he can offer a revolutionary option called conscious sedation. Conscious sedation dentistry, available at our City Center office in Newport News, allows maximum comfort during dental treatment and is very safe. Sedation dentistry helps the patient enter a complete state of relaxation, where they will be virtually unaware of any treatment. The patient is gently awakened after treatment and has no recollection of any treatment and minimal discomfort.
Crowns, bonding via sedation treatment
Sedation dentistry allows for a faster, more comfortable dental visit. Dr. Hayes may complete multiple long procedures – even years’ worth of dental work – in just one convenient appointment. A wide variety of procedures and treatments can be accomplished with the aid of sedation dentistry. At our City Center Newport News, Virginia, office, Dr. Hayes can offer treatment such as crowns, bridges, veneers, extractions, implants, gum treatment and dentures – all in a comfortable environment. In addition, Dr. Hayes has found over the years that patients who are sedated seem to heal faster and with less discomfort!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who is sedation dentistry for?
Sedation dentistry can be good for people who have anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist or dental care that is preventing them from receiving needed dental treatment. Sedation can help you reach a relaxed and comfortable state that helps relieve fear and anxiety while you receive a dental procedure.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
In general, dental sedation is perfectly safe for the vast majority of patients. Side effects are always a risk when it comes to the use of medications. It is important to talk to your dentist about any questions you have about the sedation process, and let them know any medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements. Your dentist and you will discuss your options for dental sedation and whether it is right for you based on your health. Dr. Hayes may consult with your physician before your appointment to ensure you are optimally treated during your procedure.
Will I be asleep during sedation dentistry?
There are different options for what kind of sedation dentistry is right for you. Oral sedation consists of anti-anxiety medication to help you relax, but IV or sleep sedation can be good for certain or lengthy procedures.