Dental sedation is a service we offer that helps you feel calmer and more relaxed at the dentist’s office, allowing you to get the treatment you need for a healthy smile.
In dentistry, sedation can be used in various ways, such as making oral surgery more comfortable or calming an anxious patient by using a milder form of sedation. As much as we always strive to create a peaceful, fun, and enjoyable atmosphere, we understand when patients may need a little more assistance. Sedation dentistry is an option we offer as part of our commitment to genuinely caring about our patient’s experience at the dentist’s office.
We offer oral sedation and IV sedation options in our office. To learn more about these, please read below. If you have any questions, we invite you to call our Westerville, OH office.
Oral conscious sedation involves taking prescription medication before your appointment that will help you feel relaxed. Usually, your dentist will prescribe this medication at least a day before your visit; it can then be taken an hour before your appointment time. This gives the medication ample opportunity to take effect.
The sedative may cause feelings of intense drowsiness, making it unsafe for you to drive to or from the appointment. Arrangements will need to be made for a separate driver to bring you to our office and back home after. Oral conscious sedation is an excellent option that can allow you to relax and feel confident during your time in the dentist’s chair.
IV sedation is the most powerful type of dental sedation and is often used for more complex procedures. This form of sedative is an anesthetic delivered by the intravenous (IV) route. With this type of sedation, medications are given through an IV line that delivers them directly into the bloodstream, producing a nearly immediate effect that typically makes patients fall asleep. This allows dentists to quickly and smoothly perform their work without patients having any memory or fear of the appointment.
Again, due to the intense effects of this medication, we require a friend or family member to be present to drive the patient to and from this visit.
Goodbye Anxiety, Hello Oral Health!
If you’re anxious about visiting the dentist, call our office to discuss which type of dental sedation would be best for you and your future appointment. Sedation dentistry can help make your appointment less stressful and allow you to get the treatment you need for a healthy smile.
At DiMichaelangelo Family Dentistry, we care about our patients and want you to have the best experience possible. By providing this sedative option to our patients, it is our hope that you may find yourself more confident and at ease with your dental care visits.
Call our office today to learn more about sedation dentistry or request sedation for your next appointment! Our team will be delighted to help you!