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4 Common Questions About Sedation Dentistry Answered

Is fear or anxiety preventing you from visiting the dentist? You’re not alone. Dental anxiety keeps more than 50% of Americans from visiting their dentist regularly. Sedation dentistry helps patients overcome their fear and uneasiness with dental procedures. Our caring staff will spend the time to understand your concerns. Learn more about your options and commonly asked questions about sedation dentistry. We have the answers to help you get the oral health care you need.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Dental sedation is safe and low-risk for patients in good health. Dentists will review your health and medical history before recommending sedation. If necessary, they will consult your primary care physician or specialist for medical clearance. Our dentists and anesthesia team adhere to the standards set by the American Dental Association, prioritizing patient health and well-being at all times.

What Type of Sedation is Offered?
Three Rivers Dental offers four types of sedation to make a patient’s visit pleasant, comfortable and anxiety-free. Methods of delivery can be adjusted based on the intensity of the procedure. Sedation levels vary from mild to moderate can be administered depending on patient needs. Sedation type includes:

  • Oral sedation: Administered as a pill to relax a patient. Some patients may feel groggy or even fall asleep with this sedation type. Dosage is adjusted based on the procedure.
  • Inhaled minimal sedation (typically nitrous oxide): Commonly used for sedation dentistry and wears off quickly. Also known as laughing gas, inhaled minimal sedation is a safe and effective sedative agent used to help make patients feel more comfortable during dental procedures. 
  • IV moderate sedation: An injection used to sedate patients quickly and allows for dosage adjustments throughout a dental procedure.

Is Sedation only for Serious Procedures?
Sedation dentistry can be considered as an option to use for a variety of reasons. Patients undergoing invasive dental procedures will find sedation dentistry beneficial. Dental sedation is helpful for easing the mind, calming nerves, providing relaxation and helping a patient breathe easier while in the dental chair. It is also useful for patients with sensitive teeth or oral sensitivity that triggers gagging, a pharyngeal reflex or laryngeal spasm. Sedation is also possible for patients with extreme anxiety or heightened sensitivity or pain, even during regular teeth cleaning. 

For nearly 40 years Three Rivers Dental has focused on helping patients overcome dental anxiety. Our dental offices are using best practices to ensure both staff and patient safety as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about sedation dentistry and what sedation type is right for you. We have the answers. Call 1 (855) 4 NO FEARS or schedule an appointment on our website. We are conveniently located throughout the Pittsburgh area in Greentree, Cranberry, Greensburg and Jennerstown.