Sedation Dentistry

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Many people are often afraid to visit the dentist. This can lead to many long-term problems when issues go unaddressed. To reduce dental fear, the use of sedation in dentistry has become more common. Dr. Renz is trained and certified in sedation dentistry, which helps with anxiety by using a safe combination of medications taken by mouth, as well as nitrous oxide.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the use of oral or intravenous sedation during a dental procedure. This helps the patient relax and it is easier for the dentist to perform the work. Several types of medications can be used to create different levels of sedation.

What types of sedation are used with Sedation Dentistry?

  • Inhaled Sedation – Nitrous oxide or "laughing gas" is inhaled through a mask device.

  • Oral Sedation – A pill is administered to the patient that will make the patient feel drowsy.

  • IV Sedation – access is established in a vein and a sedative drug administered through the IV.

  • General Anesthesia – Anesthesia medication is administered that puts the patient mostly or completely to sleep.

How safe is Sedation Dentistry?

Dr. Renz and staff take the time to do a complete review of your individual needs and medical status to make sure you are comfortable. A thorough assessment also helps limit any potential dangers.

To avoid potential emergency situations, we will also be monitoring your vital signs with a blood pressure cuff and pulse oximeter to make sure you are responding well to the medications.

Things to expect from an appointment with Dr. Renz:

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  • You will be conscious and responsive

  • You will be very sleepy and relaxed.

  • You will be able to verbalize your needs and wants.

  • Someone will be with you at all times.

  • You will have little or no memory of the experience.

  • The sedatives used relax your nervous system so you will feel little discomfort and will probably not need any pain medication post-operatively.

If you have any other questions about sedation dentistry, call us at (734) 944-7400 or contact us online. We are more than happy to address your concerns to make your dental experience a pleasant one!