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Sedation Dentistry Services in Midlothian

A visit to the dentist can be quite a stressful experience for many people. Some patients avoid going to the dentist altogether due to dental anxiety, but fortunately, sedation dentistry offers a safe way to undergo dental procedures that's also relaxing for the patient.

At J Han Dental Design, we understand that not all patients are the same and they deal with anxiety in different ways. As such, we offer multiple methods of sedation to suit your needs, so you don't have to be anxious about going to the dentist ever again.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a term that refers to the use of medication to help patients relax during dental during a dental appointment. Even though it's commonly referred to as sleep dentistry, this doesn't mean that you are actually going to be asleep during the procedure. Sedation dentistry can be used for a wide range of procedures, ranging from simple teeth cleanings to more invasive treatments such as implants.

Why should you consider dental sedation?

Many people put off or avoid receiving the dental treatment they need due to anxiety or fear about the dentist. With the help of sedation, you can become fully relaxed and eliminate the stress of being in the dentist's chair.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is the easiest way to prevent anxiety before going to the dentist. All you have to do is take some simple oral medication before an appointment. This will diminish your stress and anxiety while removing the barrier to better oral care.

Oral sedation is the perfect option if you have:

  • Fear of needles
  • Severe dental anxiety
  • Need to have multiple treatments during a single visit
  • The dental work needs a deeper level of sedation
  • You are anxious and fearful of sounds and smells in a dental environment

Laughing Gas

Laughing gas refers to an inhalation sedative that can be used for patients of all ages to take the edge off before a dental procedure. All you have to do is breathe in and out, and you'll benefit from one of the safest and easiest sedation techniques available.

Laughing gas is the perfect option if you:

  • Have trouble opening your mouth
  • Experience anxiety doing a dental visit but only require a light level of sedation
  • Have a severe gag reflex
  • Need dental work done in a short period of time
  • Have health conditions such as Alzheimer's


IV Sedation

Some patients need a bit more help to manage dental fear, and IV sedation may be the best choice for them. This involves receiving a sedative through a vein, which allows you to relax quickly. Your dentist can manually adjust the level of sedation throughout the procedure so you'll only wake up at the end.

IV sedation is typically a good option if you:

  • Need extensive work done
  • Have profound dental anxiety
  • Become ill in the waiting room
  • Experience any kind of panic attack before or during the appointment


Dental Sedation FAQ

What are the benefits of dental sedation?

Sedation dentistry comes with numerous benefits, and the main advantage is that you would be able to receive the treatment you need without any dental anxiety. This also means that you won't experience any pain throughout the procedure. Dental sedation is the right choice for patients who are worried about gag reflexes as it can stop you from getting it during treatment.

How long does dental sedation last?

This depends on the type of sedation you opt for and the kind of treatment you need. In most cases, inhaled sedation means that you will be able to drive yourself home after the treatment. However, general anesthesia or IV sedation dentistry may take some hours to wear off, in which case it is reccomended that you find a ride to and from the office. 

Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?

No, you won't feel any pain with sedation dentistry. The purpose of sedation is to keep you relaxed and pain-free throughout the procedure, which means that you will leave the appointment with little to no memory of what happened. You're also going to feel good afterward and continue with your day.

If you are interested in having dental treatment without anxiety, book an appointment with J Han Dental Design. You can also contact us for any questions you may have about sedation dentistry, and we'll be happy to help.

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