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Sedation Dentistry

Have you postponed your visit to the dentist for regular checkups because you are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety?

Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience if you have these issues.

Most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the procedure.  Sleepiness is a side effect of some medications, but oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide only work to help calm your anxiety during the dental visit.

We use the most popular methods because most sedatives can be taken by mouth, meaning no injections, anxiety nor pain.  Some sedatives work so effectively that even the  details & smells of your visit cannot be recalled afterwards.

Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a family member or friend.  Sometimes sedatives are provided the night before the dental visit, which means that driving to or from the appointment is not recommended.

Here are some advantages of sedation dentistry:

  • Anxiety is alleviated.
  • Few side effects.
  • More can be accomplished during each visit.
  • No needles.
  • No pain.
  • Perfectly safe.
  • Procedures seem to take less time.

What kinds of sedatives do we use at Palencia Dental?

The most popular types of sedatives that we use are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.  We will use different levels of sedation (mild, moderate and deep) can be utilized depending on your individual needs.  Before administering any sedative, Dr. Kinsey must analyze your full medical history, as well as being aware of any current medications.

Here are the most common types of dental sedatives:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative.  It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure.  Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being and it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure.  Some tingling and numbness may be felt, but there are very few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in general dentistry for many years.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is the best choice for people who are afraid of needles.  Oral medication is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a moderate state of sedation, and even though they do not cause sleep, they usually dull the senses.  Most patients cannot remember the pain, smells or noises associated with the office visit.  Normally a dose of medication is taken prior to the appointment, and then adjusted during the procedure as required.

What types of drugs are used in oral conscious sedation?

Most of the drugs used in sedation dentistry at Palencia Dental are classified as benzodiazepines.  Benzodiazepines reduce anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia and seizures.  The estimated length of the procedure determines which type of drug is going to be most effective.

Here are some of the most common drugs used in oral conscious sedation:

Valium® –  Is usually used for time-consuming, complex procedures.

Halcion® – Usually used to treat insomnia, Halcion is an effective sedative with amnesic properties.

Ativan® – Is best known for reducing anxiety.  Ativan is typically used for treatments shorter than two hours.

Versed® – Alleviates anxiety in much the same way as nitrous oxide, and is used for visits that will take less than 30 minutes.

Please call us today at 904-826-4343 and we can answer your questions about how we can make you more comfortable during your visit to Palencia Dental.

If you are looking for a dentist in St. Augustine you have found us!  We are located in Palencia, just minutes from World Golf Village, Nocatee, and Jacksonville.


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