Sedation Dentistry

Pearl Dental Group

Dentists located in Baton Rouge, LA

For many adults, the thought of going to the dentist is terrifying — so they don’t. While there’s no shame in being anxious, avoiding dental care can have serious consequences for your teeth and gums. To get the care you need without the panic, consider sedation dentistry at Pearl Dental Group in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Experienced dentist Andre Bruni, DDS, and his team offer sedation for all dental procedures, including tooth cleanings, making for a relaxed, pleasant visit. To learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment online or over the phone.

Sedation Dentistry

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry includes a number of techniques designed to relieve your stress and anxiety when you go to the dentist. The team at Pearl Dental Group uses sedation dentistry to provide a relaxing, comfortable treatment experience.

You may consider sedation dentistry if you:

  • Have a low tolerance for pain
  • Have highly sensitive teeth and gums
  • Have an overactive gag reflex
  • Are afraid of shots and drills
  • Become very anxious while in the dental chair
  • Frequently cancel dental appointments 

The team at Pearl Dental Group provides sedation dentistry techniques for routine teeth cleanings and checkups, as well as more involved dental procedures.

Don’t be embarrassed to express your concerns to the team and ask about sedation dentistry techniques. Plenty of people have fears about going to the dentist. 

What types of dental sedation are available?

Sedation can be minimal, moderate, or deep:

  • Minimal sedation: largely awake but relaxed
  • Moderate sedation: awake but unable to speak and unlikely to remember the procedure
  • Deep sedation: almost completely unconscious

The team at Pearl Dental Group aims to use the minimum level of sedation necessary for you to feel comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. The level of sedation depends on your level of anxiety, your sensitivity to pain, and the procedure.

Techniques Pearl Dental Group use to perform sedation dentistry include:

Nitrous oxide

Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is effective for treating mild anxiety. As its nickname suggests, nitrous oxide makes you feel happy and euphoric, so you can ignore your anxiety and discomfort about going to the dentist.

Oral sedation

In oral sedation, you take a pill before your procedure. The medication is designed to help you stay awake but relaxed, though some patients fall asleep after the effects set in.

IV sedation

If you have significant anxiety, you may receive an IV of anti-anxiety medication, which enters your bloodstream more quickly than a pill. The medication puts you in a dream-like state, and you may stay awake but be unaware of the procedure.

In addition to sedation, the Pearl Dental Group team may provide local anesthesia to numb the treatment area so you don’t feel pain during a procedure.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

The team at Pearl Dental Group is cautious about their use of sedation. Whenever possible, they use nitrous oxide, which wears off quickly and has minimal risks. It’s different from anesthesia that you would use before surgery.

The practice team monitors you after your procedure and makes sure you can get home safely before you leave the office. Depending on the sedation method used, they may require you to arrange for someone to drive you home afterward. 

Your comfort is the practice’s first priority. They’re happy to answer your questions, including those about sedation.

To get the dental care you need without discomfort, schedule a sedation dentistry appointment at Pearl Dental Group online or over the phone.