Sedation Dentistry

Do You Have Dental Anxiety?

Does the thought of your next dental visit put a pit in your stomach? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that over 30 million Americans avoid the dentist due to anxiety and fear.woman in a dentist chair with her eyes closed

Here at Summit Dentistry, we offer sedation dentistry as a simple and convenient solution for patients with dental anxiety to get the care they need. With sedation dentistry, your nervousness and fears are eliminated, and your sensitivity to pain is decreased. This helps us complete complex dental procedures in fewer visits while you remain relaxed and stress-free.

Reasons for Sedation

Although sedation dentistry is most commonly used for patients with dental phobia or anxiety, there are additional reasons it can help. Other reasons we may suggest sedatives include:

  • Bad gag reflex
  • Undergoing multiple procedures
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Resistance to anesthesia
  • Inability to sit still in the dentist chair

We Offer Oral Sedation

Everyone deserves to undergo dental treatment without feeling worried or stressed out. To ensure you feel relaxed and confident in our team, we offer oral sedative medication. This popular method of sedation helps gradually ease your nerves as you come in for your appointment. Once you take the medication, you’ll feel comfortable and ready for your dental procedure.

Coming in for Your Treatment

About an hour prior to your visit, you will take the oral sedative that Dr. López has provided to you in a previous visit. A loved one will give you a ride to your appointment, and you will begin to feel completely relaxed even before you arrive at our office.

Throughout your procedure, our team will closely monitor you the entire visit to ensure you feel calm and aren’t experiencing any pain. Oral sedation will sometimes make patients drowsy enough to the point they fall asleep, and many times they’ll wake up and not remember anything from the surgery.

Once your procedure is finished, we recommend that a friend or family member drive you home because the oral medication may not wear off right away.

Experience a Safe, Easy Procedure

Above all else, our mission is your safety and comfort. Dr. López will work with you to find out if you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Schedule your consultation at Summit Dentistry to learn more about our process. Your stunning, new smile is just around the corner.