Sedation Dentistry

It’s no secret that dental visits stir up negative feelings for many people. For you, the fear may be just a little twinge, or it may be so severe that you end up delaying dental appointments or avoiding them altogether.

If you want to enjoy the best possible dental health, it is essential that we help you overcome your anxiety. Using state-of-the-art sedation dentistry, Dr. Darby will help you achieve a deep state of relaxation, making it possible for you to receive necessary dental care with a minimum of stress or discomfort.

When receiving sedation for dental treatments, it’s important to find a professional who has the appropriate training to ensure your safety. Dr. Darby has completed over 100 hours of continuing education in sedation dentistry. You can be confident that you’re in good hands – Dr. Darby has performed over 500 sedation cases!

Who Can Benefit from Sedation?

Using sedation, we can help you enjoy mental and physical relaxation during your dental procedure. Over the years, we’ve found that no matter how anxious a patient is, they can benefit from sedation and its calming effects. 

When we combine sedation methods with a local anesthetic before your procedure, you’ll find that you can undergo oral surgery or other procedures with virtually no pain or discomfort. But you don’t have to be facing oral surgery for sedation to be effective – we can use sedation for even simpler procedures like dental fillings to improve your dental experience.

At Flint River Dental, we also feel strongly that you don’t need to be a highly anxious patient for sedation to be effective. Sedation is also appropriate in cases where a patient requires multiple procedures and may have trouble sitting for long periods of time. Other patients suffer with TMJ pain that causes stress when they need to keep their mouths open for extended periods of time. Still others have a hyperactive gag reflex that makes it uncomfortable to get through an appointment. In all these cases, oral sedation relaxes the muscles in the mouth enough to make treatment easier and more efficient.

What Types of Sedation Do You Offer?

Oral sedation is an excellent way to calm your nerves before your procedure. We’ll prescribe a sedative for you to take about an hour before your appointment to help you relax even before you get to our office. Dr. Darby will administer additional medication after your arrival to make sure you're completely comfortable.

During treatment, you will feel very calm but remain conscious so that you are able to express your concerns and answer our questions. Your condition will be monitored continuously throughout your procedure.

While oral sedation is safe and effective, you may want a milder form of sedation. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has been used safely since the mid 1800s and has helped millions get the anxiety relief they need. An advantage of nitrous oxide sedation is that you won’t feel any lingering effects after treatment so you won’t need a driver to take you home.

Would You Like to Learn More?

Are you interested in learning more about the ways sedation dentistry at Flint River Dental can benefit you? We’ll be happy to answer all your questions and help you decide which type of sedation suits you best.