We strive to help you have positive experiences in the office. We offer each patient the opportunity to do the work they need with some level of sedation, if they desire. If you worry and stress about being in the office, suffer from dental anxiety, have sensitive teeth, or stress about the sights, sounds, and smells of dentistry, then sedation dentistry might be for you.
Our doctors have built their practice on gentle care and want you to have the most positive experience possible. Should you need any type of sedation to help you receive needed care we are happy to assist you. Various types of sedation dentistry are available, and our dentists will help you choose the most conservative option. Sedation is used in dentistry in three primary ways: orally (such as an anti-anxiety medication), inhalation (such as laughing gas), and through IV sedation (with a needle directly into a vein). Oral medications are taken prior to your appointment and help decrease anxious feelings. Laughing Gas is another anti-anxiety type medication but this is done in office and the affects go away before you leave. Should you need IV sedation, we bring in trained anesthesiologists to sedate and watch over you while our doctors work on your teeth. This teamwork allows you to be well cared for and managed by an anesthesiologist while also getting excellent care from our dentists. Sometimes anesthesia is used in tandem with sedation.
The need for sedation depends wholly on the patient. Some patients with extreme anxiety may require sedation for something as minor as a routine tooth cleaning. Some may just appreciate a slight reduction in anxiety and opt for laughing gas only. While sedation is often dubbed “sleep dentistry,” that’s almost always a misnomer. The vast majority of patients are awake when sedated, and by far the most common sedation technique is minimal, in which patients are fully alert but relaxed. Moderate sedation is also popular via anti-anxiety medications or IV sedation. Patients under this form of sedation may slur words and not remember much of the procedure, but they’re communicating with the dental team during it. At Oak Hills Dentistry, of Layton, Utah, you can depend on your skilled dental team to design the best sedation plan for you, if necessary. Let our team know well in advance of your appointment should you require sedation.