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Sedation Dentistry

There's no reason to fear the dentist!

At Blackstone Dental, we do everything we can to ensure your comfort during your visit.  Sedation dentistry is important for patients who experience dental anxiety or have a low pain threshold. By alleviating fear and discomfort, sedation allows patients to receive necessary dental care without avoiding appointments due to anxiety. This ensures that patients maintain regular dental visits and address dental issues promptly, leading to better overall oral health. For some people, the thought of stepping foot in a dental office can cause a panic attack.  At Blackstone Dental, we utilize the most safe and predictable methods of sedation dentistry to maximize your comfort and well being.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

 

Many patients don't feel the need for high levels of sedation during their dental visit, but want help relaxing while being in the dental chair. Laughing gas is a method of sedation that has been used for decades in dentistry. Laughing gas allows for a heightened level of relaxation and comfort during your visit. Most people will still remember all of the events of their visit, and will not require having a ride home after your appointment. If you are anxious about your appointment, the use of laughing gas is a great way to escape the anxiety.

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Oral Sedation

 

Oral sedation involves administering a prescribed sedative medication in pill form before a dental procedure to help you achieve a state of relaxation. Typically taken an hour before the appointment, the medication induces a mild to moderate sedative effect, reducing anxiety and making you feel calm and drowsy. While you remain conscious and able to respond to instructions, you often have little memory of the procedure, enhancing overall comfort during dental treatments.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV sedation involves administering sedative drugs directly into the bloodstream through an intravenous line, providing a deeper level of sedation for dental procedures. This method allows for precise control over the sedation level, ensuring you remain deeply relaxed and often unaware of the procedure taking place. Patients under IV sedation are still able to respond to verbal cues but typically have little to no memory of the treatment, making it an ideal option for those with severe dental anxiety or undergoing extensive dental work.

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