Sedation Dentistry – Shelton, CT
Enjoy Stress-Free Appointments
Does the sound of a dental drill fill you with fear? Do you or your child have a hard time staying calm and sitting still long enough for your dentist to complete a routine cleaning? Dr. Graber has encountered plenty of anxious patients over the years, and he wants the Dental Center of Huntington to be a place where you don’t have to worry about scheduling your routine appointments. The next time you call our office, don’t forget to ask about these sedation options that will make your visit a more relaxing experience.
Why Choose Dental Center of Huntington for Sedation Dentistry?
- A Caring Team That Keeps You Informed
- Multiple Sedation Options Based on Your Needs
- Knowledgeable, Experienced Dentist
Oral Conscious Sedation
Either the night before your appointment or a few hours before the scheduled time, you’ll be asked to take some medication. By the time someone else drives you to our office, you’ll be in a completely relaxed state. Time will seem to pass by quickly; you won’t even care about your surroundings while we’re working on your teeth. You may not even remember the procedure itself once you have fully recovered from the effects of sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
When a patient only has a mild case of dental phobia, it’s generally preferred to use nitrous oxide – a gas that takes effect quickly after you start breathing it in. Nitrous oxide tends to cause a feeling of general numbness throughout the body as well as a light tingling sensation. You’ll still be able to talk to Dr. Graber as needed. Once you stop receiving the gas, the effects wear off shortly so that you can continue the rest of your day as normal.
In cases where a stronger form of sedation is needed, we may deliver the anti-anxiety drug directly into your bloodstream. This is called IV sedation, but it’s also known as “sleep dentistry.” Despite that name, you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to questions and requests; you may be drowsy enough to doze off, but you’ll still be awakened relatively easily. After the procedure, you’re likely to still feel a little groggy, so be sure to arrange for someone else to drive you home.