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Our Midlothian Sedation Dentists Remove Dental Fear or Anxiety
Phobias can have a severe impact on a person’s mental and physical health, particularly when that phobia involves dental fear. Patients who fear dental treatment and procedures tend to avoid dental care until a problem has already advanced to a critical state, making recovery more difficult and treatment more involved. At Midlothian Family Dentistry, we are determined to make a difference in our patients’ lives, particularly those suffering from dental anxiety.
For anxious or fearful patients seeking a Richmond sedation dentist, our team of dental professionals can provide you with a positive dental experience by providing a sedation solution to calm your physical and emotional fears. Various types of sedation are used at Midlothian Family Dentistry, in order to provide each patient with a personalized solution to their needs.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Providing sedation dentistry in Richmond and Midlothian, we’ve helped patients with a variety of anxieties find relief. One of the key mistruths surrounding sedation dentistry is the assumption that a patient is asleep, when in fact, unless they are under general anesthesia, patients remain awake throughout treatment. We are experienced in determining the level of sedation each individual patient needs, and patients will only undergo sedation with informed consent.
Midlothian Family Dentistry’s Relaxing Approach to Sedation Dentistry
Our Richmond sedation dentists want our patients to be in a tranquil environment, as relaxation dentistry is a cornerstone of Midlothian Family Dentistry. All sedation is conducted under the most relaxing conditions, and we offer dim lighting, peaceful music, blanket, sunglasses, and Swedish foam pillows.
Prior to your appointment, we will call you to help you prepare for your upcoming sedation appointment. Please feel free to ask our staff any questions you may have about your treatment or the method of sedation you’ll be receiving. Please note that all patients must have a means of transportation after their appointment, as we cannot allow you to drive yourself home after your treatment. All patients leave with a gift and follow-up instructions. We will also call you in the days following your appointment to see how you’re doing and insure your recovery is going well.
Patient Safety is # 1 at Midlothian Family Dentistry
Our dentists are trained in:
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Additionally, every staff member is required to attend Certified Anesthesia Assistant Continuing Education courses.
Sedation methods include:
Nitrous Oxide: More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative, delivered through a nose hood. We closely monitor the gas as its administered and throughout your procedure. Side effects with nitrous oxide are minimal, and nitrous oxide is an effective, safe method of mild dental sedation.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation: IV sedation is moderate sedation that allows patients to feel as though they’ve slept throughout their entire procedure. Typically, we use IV sedation when multiple stages of treatment are to be completed in a single office visit. This saves patients time and enhances their experience. An anesthesiologist remains by the patient’s side, to insure complete relaxation prior to the onset of treatment. You may experience grogginess and/or sleepiness as the sedation wears off.
Oral Conscious Sedation: For patients who fear needles, IV sedation isn’t an option. For these patients, we offer an oral medication that will induce moderate sedation. While patient who undergo this type of sedation are not asleep, their sense will be dulled. Additionally, most patients will not remember pain, smells or noise associated with the dental procedure.
If you’re seeking a sedation dentist in Richmond or Midlothian and surrounding areas, please contact us today. We’re happy to answer any questions about sedation dentistry and our treatment options.