Sedation Dentistry in Baton Rouge

Relax with Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety and fear keep many people from seeking the dental care they want and need. Our patients have a relaxing experience with oral conscious sedation dentistry. It is a very safe and effective way to help make patient's visits stress-free. In addition, multiple procedures can be performed in just one visit, including cleaning visits. 

Our method of choice is oral conscious sedation. You take a pill prior to your dental visit, no needles are used. By the time your procedure begins, you will be completely relaxed, but remain conscious and in control so that you can respond to questions and requests from your dentist and team. You feel a strong sense of relaxation, calm, and well-being. It can be used for any dental procedure, even cleanings.                                                                                  

 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Is it Safe?

Is Oral Sedation Costly?

Will I be able to Drive?

 

What is Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for certain people receiving dental treatment. It enables individuals too afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia.

According to to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), a professional dental organization dedicated to ensuring that patients receive safe, comfortable and anxiety-free dental care, 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This all-too-common “dental phobia” prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.

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 Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

Modern dentistry offers safe, effective and comfortable treatment to patients with dental anxiety and fears. Sedation dentistry may be a good treatment choice if you:

  • have delayed the dental treatment you need and want
  • feel anxious, scared, or even terrified about scheduling a dental appointment
  • have trouble getting numb or have an extremely sensitive gag reflex
  • are in pain, especially while chewing
  • find it difficult to find a dentist you can trust
  • feel overwhelmed by the thought of multiple visits to the dentist
  • want to smile with confidence

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Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
  • Minimizes Anxiety
  • Reduces Movement
  • Pain Free Dentistry
  • Longer (fewer)Dental Visits

One of the greatest benefits of sedation dentistry is that it allows a patient to receive the dental care they need and want while in a state of complete relaxation. 

Another major benefit of sedation dentistry is that it helps patients to stay still. In many cases, it is absolutely for the patient to remain completely motionless while the dentist works. For this reason, sedation can be especially useful during long procedures or dental surgeries.
 

Being in a sleep-like state you will be unable to feel pain and anxiety, and you will leave with little or no memory of the details.

Your in-office time can be maximized by being able to complete multiple procedures that you would otherwise need more than one visit, including preventative and periodontal maintenance visit.  

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Is it Safe?

Anti-anxiety pills are used by more than a million people a day. A small amount of a very safe medication is prescribed. There are risks and precautions as with all medications or medical procedures, especially with certain medical conditions. We will review your medical history with you and determine whether or not you are a good candidate. We will consult with your physician if  you have an extensive medical history.

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Is Oral Sedation Costly?  

Sedation dentistry can be very costly, but in our practice there is no charge for this service. Offering sedation dentistry is just another way we help make dental care as comfortable and stress-free as possible.   

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Will I be able to Drive?

The answer is NO! Though you may not feel any different than before you took the medication, you must remember that the purpose of taking it is to relax you and your attentiveness and reflexes will not be at their sharpest.  It is not safe for you to drive or engage in any activities (for the rest of the day) that could be harmful to you or others while in this relaxed state.

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