Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, IN & Noblesville, IN

Dental work is intimidating to many patients: with discomfort, pain, and unusual sensations like drilling, sedation is an essential part of dental work to many patients. Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Alexandria and Noblesville, Indiana, offers sedation dentistry for patients who get nervous at the thought of any dental procedure. To find out if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry, call the Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office nearest you or schedule your consultation online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Going to the dentist, even for routine cleanings, makes many patients extremely anxious. With pokes, prods, vibrations, and other unusual sensations, the nerves can be worse than any potential pain. Since this fear keeps many patients from getting the dental care that they need, Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers several types of sedation during dental procedures.

Sedatives allow you to sit back, relax, and be comfortable.  Some sedatives put you to sleep while others keep you conscious but relaxed. They reduce the amount of pain and other sensations that you feel.

Which dental procedures can be performed with sedation?

Nearly any dental procedure can be aided with some form of sedative. Many patients opt to be sedated for procedures such as:

  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Fillings
  • Gum surgery

If you have an upcoming dental procedure and want to find out if you can be sedated, ask your dentist during the consultation beforehand.

What types of sedation are available?

There are several types of sedation that you can get at the dentist. They include:

Nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the most commonly used dental sedative. It comes in the form of a gas that you inhale before your procedure. It reduces your anxiety rather than putting you to sleep.

Oral sedatives

Oral sedatives come in the form of pills or liquids. Like nitrous oxide, oral sedatives make you less nervous about your dental work.

IV Sedation

IV sedation is administered into your arm with an intravenous (IV) needle drip. You’ll still be awake, but you’ll be highly unaware of your surroundings.

General anesthesia

General anesthesia is the strongest of the sedatives used in sedation dentistry. The anesthetic is injected and puts you to sleep for your procedure. General anesthesia usually requires some recovery time in the office before you can leave.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

During a consultation, your dentist asks about your medical history and any medications that you’re taking. If you have any of the following conditions, you might need permission from a physician to get sedatives during a dental procedure:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory diseases

Once you’re cleared, your dentist selects the type that is the best fit for your dental procedure and needs.

If the thought of dental work makes you quiver with anxiety, call or schedule a consultation online at Kluth Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to find out if you’re a candidate for sedative dentistry.