Do you have dental anxiety or a fear of visiting the dentist? Dental sedation helps anxious and fearful patients get the care they need. Middle River, MD dentist Dr. Ned Greenberg works with patients through every step of the treatment process for the most effective care possible.
Even if you do not have dental fear or anxiety, sedation dentistry enables patients to receive multiple treatments during one visit. Sedation is a general dental treatment that saves time and money so you can restore function to your smile.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation allows Dr. Greenberg to provide patients with anxiety-relief with pain-free dental care. He can also work more efficiently when patients feel calm and relaxed. Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients with:
- Dental fear or anxiety
- Low tolerances for pain
- Phobias of needles, blood, or loud noises
- Poor gag reflexes
- Multiple dental treatments in one visit
- Disabilities or movement disorders
- Special needs
Dental sedation options are safe for all ages when administered by a certified professional. Sedation dentistry has been used for decades to alleviate dental anxiety and reduce or eliminate pain during treatment.
Common Methods of Dental Sedation
Nitrous Oxide: Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. With nitrous oxide, patients can typically resume their normal activities after their appointment. Patients will also feel calm during their treatment under this type of sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation: Taken as a pill about an hour prior to treatment, oral conscious sedation allows patients to remain conscious during their procedure with little to no memory of the treatment. Patients who require treatment with oral conscious sedation need transportation to and from their appointment.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is dental sedation the only option to treat dental anxiety?
Talking through your dental fears or anxiety can help you feel better about receiving treatment. Understanding your treatment plan and discussing your care with Dr. Greenberg will help to alleviate any fear you may have about your procedure.
What does dental sedation feel like?
Your experience under dental sedation may differ depending on the type of sedation you receive. However, there are some common links between every method. Patients often feel euphoric under sedation. They may not be fully asleep, but do not feel any pain. Throughout your treatment, we will closely monitor you to ensure that you are comfortable.
How long does dental sedation last?
You may continue to feel sleepy or slightly disoriented for multiple hours after your procedure. Often, sedation will completely wear off two to eight hours following treatment. Because of this, most methods of dental sedation require that patients have someone to drive them home from our dental office.
Request a Consultation and Dental Exam
Do you require dental sedation for complex or routine treatments? Call Dr. Greenberg for a consultation at 410.686.4646. You can also request a dental exam with Dr. Greenberg online anytime.