Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry

Some patients find it difficult to visit the dentist. They may feel anxious and fearful or dislike the sounds, smells, and sensations that accompany a dental appointment. Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help these patients feel calmer and more relaxed, both in the dentist's chair and while anticipating their appointments.

Most patients can safely enjoy the benefits of sedation dentistry, but it may not be appropriate for people with certain health conditions. Champagne Smiles will share the criteria for a successful dental sedation patient and name some health conditions that may preclude sedation.

Patients Who Can Receive Sedation Dentistry Services

Patients choose sedation dentistry for many reasons. Successful dental sedation patients share many of the following characteristics:

  • Dental fear, anxiety, or phobia
  • Strong gag reflex that interferes with dental procedures
  • Highly sensitive teeth
  • Trouble becoming numb enough with local anesthetics
  • Need for extensive procedures

Who Should Not Use Dental Sedation

Patients should always share their complete medical history with their dentist to ensure their health and safety. Here are some of the conditions that may prevent successful dental sedation: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding (nitrous oxide may be OK)
  • Patients with chronic respiratory disease or bronchitis
  • People who take specific prescription or over-the-counter medications that do not mix with sedatives. Selected examples include but are not limited to methotrexate, benzodiazepines, certain antidepressants, barbiturates, and opioids.
  • Patients with sleep apnea

Our Sedation Dentistry Options

We offer an extensive menu of sedation dentistry options to accommodate as many patients as possible:

Nitrous Oxide

We offer nitrous oxide sedation with or without Valium. Nitrous oxide is a gas breathed through the nose. It mixes with oxygen and provides a relaxed, sometimes euphoric sensation. It is a light type of sedation that wears off quickly enough that the patient can drive and return to normal activities immediately.

Oral Conscious Sedation

We also provide sedation with an anti-anxiety pill. When you take the pill, you will be relaxed but conscious. However, you may not remember the procedure very well. You will need a ride to and from the appointment with a responsible adult and to rest for the remainder of the day.

IV Sedation

IV sedation may be the best choice for highly anxious patients or those needing extensive dental work. You will need a driver on the day of your appointment and must rest for a day or two after your anesthesia. Our office is proud to have an anesthetist available for these procedures.

Call Champagne Smiles

If you meet the above criteria and want to know more about what sedation dentistry can do for you, call Champagne Smiles at 732-972-0918. We can help you relax during your appointment and give you a brighter, healthier smile.