At Pearl Dental Care, Hamden, Connecticut, we want you to benefit from all that dental care offers to preserve your oral health. At the same time, we want your dental visits to be as relaxing and stress-free as possible. We accomplish both of these goals through conscious sedation and pain-free dentistry for our dental patients. Sedation dentistry takes the stress, fear, and anxiety out of dental care so that you can experience relaxing dental visits.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to ease dental anxiety and help people relax during their dental treatments. At Pearl Dental Care, we offer three types of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. Drs. Gary and Scott Pearl can help you choose the sedation best suited to your treatment.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is inhaled through a mask during your procedure to help you relax throughout your treatment. The effects of this gas dissipate quickly, allowing you to drive yourself home after your procedure.
Oral sedation is a pill that you take before your treatment. This pill makes you drowsy, which minimizes stress or anxiety during treatment. You will need someone to drive you home upon completion of your treatment. Different dosages of oral sedation can be given based on the patient.
IV sedation is administered intravenously. The medication starts to work quickly and produces total relaxation. Afterward, you may not even remember what occurred during your procedure. IV sedation produces the highest level of relaxation, so it is reserved for extensive or complex dental treatments such as oral surgery. You’ll also need a driver to take you home afterward.
Although sedation dentistry was originally designed for people who experience severe dental anxiety, it’s also suitable for people who: