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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sometimes referred to as “comfortable” or “relaxation” dentistry, the terms describe the feelings most patients experience during their oral sedation appointments. The purpose of oral sedation is to allow a dentist to work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible with the use of sedative medications administered orally and sublingually.

Dr Hannah has been specially trained using safe medications that help our patients be completely comfortable while their dentistry is being done.  One of the benefits of sedation are that patients remember little to nothing of their time in the dental chair by the next day.  With sedation, a patients apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain is virtually eliminated thus reducing the likelihood and severity of post-operative discomfort.


Which patients benefit from oral sedation the most?

Oral sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including people with:

 High dental anxiety and fear
 A severe gag reflex
 Time constraints—those who need to get more dentistry done in fewer visits
 Chronic or acute jaw soreness
 Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
 Difficulty getting numb
 A reluctance to previously complete treatment plans (see question 3)
 Extensive treatment needs

 A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are fully relaxed

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