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Sedation Dentistry

If the mere thought of having your teeth cleaned – let alone worked on – makes your entire body tense up with fear, sedation dentistry might be the perfect solution to help ensure your dental health doesn’t suffer. The fear of going to the dentist is relatively common, so don’t ever think you’re alone. In fact, many people have a very real phobia of going to the dentist and will endure the agony of a toothache rather than set foot in a dental office.

For anyone who avoids the dentist like the plague, sedation dentistry can help reduce or eliminate the anxiety of visiting the dentist. Used for everything from a simple teeth cleaning to invasive procedures, sedation dentistry can be an indispensable tool for anyone who needs to visit the dentist but is especially anxious about doing so.

How is Sedation Dentistry Used?

Depending on how severe the patient’s fear is, sedation can refer to anything from minimal to deep sedation, and it is used for every type of dental procedure when necessary. At East Village Dental Centre of Chicago, our Wicker Park dentist has been one of the leading local providers of sedation dentistry for more than 25 years. We can work with you to help determine what level of sedation you will need to enjoy a comfortable and stress-free dental visit.

In addition to sedation, you may also require a local anesthetic (a medication used to numb the site of the dental procedure) to eliminate pain if the procedure is expected to cause any discomfort.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses various medications to help patients relax during all types of dental procedures. It is sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” but this is not entirely accurate. Patients are usually awake except for those who are treated using general anesthesia.

The levels of sedation include:

  • Minimal sedation – the patient is very relaxed, but still awake.
  • Moderate sedation – the patient may garble their words when speaking and probably won’t remember much of the procedure.
  • Deep sedation – the patient is on the edge of unconsciousness, but still able to be awakened.
  • General anesthesia – the patient is completely unconscious and is not easily awakened.

What Types of Sedation are Used?

The following types of sedation are used in dentistry:

  • Inhaled minimal sedation – This is the only form of sedation where you may be allowed to drive yourself home after the procedure. You will have a mask placed over your nose and breathe in a combination of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen. The gas helps you to relax, and the dentist can easily control the amount of sedation you receive. The effects of the gas tend to wear off quickly.
  • Oral sedation – Oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate, depending on the dose. For minimal sedation, you will take a pill, usually about an hour before the procedure. The pill, typically Halcion (a member of the same drug family as Valium), will make you very groggy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose will produce moderate sedation. This is the most common form of sedation associated with dentistry. Some patients become drowsy enough from moderate oral sedation to doze off during the procedure – though they are usually awakened rather easily.
  • Moderate IV sedation – With this method, you will receive the sedative through a vein, which means it will act quickly, and the dentist can continually adjust the level of sedation as needed.
  • General anesthesia / Deep sedation – you will receive medications that will induce deep sleep – either almost unconscious or completely unconscious – during the procedure. You cannot be awakened easily until the effects of the anesthesia are reversed with medication or the medication wears off.

Your Noble Square / Wicker Park Dentist

Sedation dentistry has become incredibly common, and at East Village Dental Centre, you’ll find that we work with each of our patients to determine the right level of sedation to help them feel perfectly comfortable. We will always take the necessary time and care to help alleviate any fears you may have.

When you come to our Wicker Park dentist office, we will perform a comprehensive oral exam to determine any problems that may exist. This will allow Dr. Treinkman and his team to create the most effective treatment plan for your needs.

We want your dental experience to be as pleasant and painless as possible, and we also feel it is vital to involve every patient in their dental treatment. That is why we take pride in providing the education patients need to better understand their oral health as well as any treatments and procedures they may need. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, we invite you to give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you. 

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East Village Dental Centre

901 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

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(773) 278-6622

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Wed, Fri 8am – 2pm
Saturday 8am – 2pm
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