Sedation Dentistry

Are you are very worried, nervous, or have uncontrollable anxiety when you even think about going to the dentist?

You may not have any idea how many people feel very similar to you. There are hundreds in every dental practice and Dr. Norton understands this. She has successfully and comfortably treated countless patients with dental anxiety.  Whether you understand where the fear came form or not, does not matter to you. You just know that you have fear.  Fortunately you can still have your dentistry completed, and feel great while you do!  Oral sedation dentistry, in combination with our headphones,  massage chair, and a blanket will make you a believer.  Dentistry has come a long way, and treatment in our office will be everything we say it is.  "You have my word on that".

Patients who benefit from sedation dentistry have:

  • A fear or anxiety of being at the dentist
  • A hard time sitting still for long periods of time
  • A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry, including:

  • Little or no memory of undergoing the procedure
  • No sense of time while under sedation
  • No fear or anxiety during treatment

Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.

I am nervous about being unconscious. What levels of sedation are available to me at your office?

With oral sedation you will never loose consciousness.  Though you may be so relaxed you may experience brief sleep, you will not experience any level of unconscious.

There is no need to be nervous about having sedation dentistry at our practice. We are licensed by the American Dental Association, and you will find that we are both respectful and professional at all times.

How are oral sedatives administered?

  • Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.

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