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We get a lot of Brentwood sedation dentist FAQs, and we have assembled our most commonly received questions in this helpful guide. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have other questions: (615) 649-0556.

Brentwood Sedation Dentistry FAQs

What exactly is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps very anxious patients reach a state of calm so they do not feel any stress during a dental appointment. They can relax comfortably while we do the dental work. We have different levels of sedation to fit the needs of each patient. Patients who have tried it literally rave about how calm and relaxing their appointments with us are—from extensive root canals to routine cleanings!

What types of sedatives are used by your Brentwood sedation dentist?

Depending on your needs and preferences, we provide a relaxing atmosphere with Valium, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and comfortable earphones playing soothing music or nature sounds; they effectively drown out the sounds of the dental tools.

What is the difference between laughing gas and Valium?

The nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is inhaled and promotes a pain-dulling, relaxing, light, tingling feeling that seems to alter time and the surrounding environment for patients who use it. Patients with more severe anxiety often benefit more from taking a Valium pill, which offers even deeper relaxation closer to sleep about an hour after they take it.

How safe is sedation dentistry?

This is another of the most common Brentwood sedation dentist FAQs, and the answer is: very safe. These techniques have been used without complications for over three decades, and our dentists do a full medical workup before administering any sedation to ensure that you are a safe candidate for our sedation methods before any are administered.

Are there any side effects to sedation dentistry?

Drowsiness is obviously the most common side effect. And because we ask patients not to eat after midnight the night before their appointment, some feel lightheaded and a bit dizzy. Once the appointment is over and you can eat and drink something, this usually goes away.

Am I asleep or awake during a sedation dentistry appointment?

This depends on your level of sensitivity to the sedation and the level of sedation we give you. The required level of sedation depends in large part on the amount of dental work to be done. Many people fall asleep, but those who remain awake are very, very relaxed. Some people can respond to simple commands, yet most people also do not even remember the appointment afterward.

Can I drive myself home or back to work after being sedated at my dental appointment?

Take the rest of the day off! For safety’s sake, we insist that you designate a friend or family member to drive after the appointment. You should be able to drive the next day, however.