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Sedation Dentistry

Do you suffer from anxiety or outright fear in the dentist’s chair? Does that worry make you avoid the dentist altogether? Well, now you can relax -- BelRed Dentists has various sedation techniques to ease your dental distress.

Even though there’s little risk, a few methods require your heart rate, oxygen leve,l and blood pressure to be monitored as an extra precaution. You’re in safe hands while you’re sedated.

Sedations options available to you are:

Local anesthesia

This solution numbs a small area of your mouth so your dental procedure is free of pain. Most people think of a painful shot when they think "local anesthetic." However, a topical numbing gel can be applied with a cotton squab to numb the area where the shot of heavier anesthetic will be placed. This pleasant-tasting numbing agent helps take away the agony of the shot.

Nitrous oxide

This gas is more commonly known as “laughing gas.” It makes you feel giddy and relaxed -- similar to having a few adult beverages. But there’s no hangover and no recovery time. Within minutes of removing the gas, you’re able to get up and drive home.

Oral sedation

This method is as simple as swallowing a pill. It doesn’t actually put you to sleep, but because of the level of relaxation you experience, you may fall asleep anyway -- many people do.

Intravenous sedation

With this method, the sedative is injected into your vein. It can only be administered by a dentist licensed to administer it, and is typically reserved for those who need extensive work and extensive relaxation. This sedative doesn’t put you “under,” but like the oral sedation, you may feel so serene you’ll fall asleep.

Talk with a dentist about your dental apprehensions and together you can discover a sedation method that will sooth your shivers.