We are able to offer our patients the option of safe, comfortable, and effective sedation dentistry.
Does the thought of having dental work make you tense with fear? Would you rather undergo the pain from a cavity than step foot inside a dentist’s office? You are not alone! Many people have a mild to severe phobia about going to the dentist for dental work. In fact, many ignore problems and live with pain because they have such a fear.
If you avoid the dentist for this reason, you may be relieved to know that sedation dentistry is available so you can really relax in the dental chair. Imagine undergoing a complex dental treatment like an extraction or root canal and then having no recollection of the pain, the noise, or the discomfort you were expecting?
At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we are able to offer our patients the option of safe, comfortable, and effective sedation dentistry. Patients who are able to benefit from sleep dentistry include those who have:
- Intense Fear and Anxiety
- Low Pain Threshold
- Severe Gag Reflex
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Some have a misconception about how sedation dentistry works. Sedation dentistry involves the administration of medications that calm patients creating a drowsy, sleep-like state. It is important to understand that you are NOT asleep for sedation dentistry. The method of sedation can be achieved by administrating oral medications, intravenous medications, or Nitrous Oxide “laughing gas”. When you come in for your appointment Dr. Hoffmann, Dr. Thoms, or Dr. Daugherty will decide which level is best for you.
Different Levels of Sedation
At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we currently have the only two Board Certified Dental Anesthesiologists in the State of Missouri, including the St. Louis Metro Area. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law and there are three levels of sedation which we can administer: minimal, moderate, and deep.
- Minimal Sedation: The patient is conscious. This method is the lightest level of sedation. It involves a mild sedative, such as a Valium-like medication or Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas.)
- Moderate Sedation: The patient is conscious and it is referred to as “Sedation Dentistry.” Moderate Sedation allows the patient to simply respond to questions. You are not asleep for sedation dentistry.
- Deep Sedation: Also known as general anesthesia, patients go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their dental procedure. They typically have no recollection of the treatment and are not able to respond to questions even if they are awake at times.
St. Louis Sedation Dentistry
If you have a severe fear of phobia of the dentist that is keeping you from having a needed dental treatment, rest assured there is a way for you to relax in the dental chair. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere. We strive to develop lifelong relationships with our patients by combining the latest dental technology with a professional and compassionate team.