Sedation Dentistry Offers Comfort and Convenience

Are you the kind of person who would choose to stay at home with a terrible toothache rather than brave a dental visit? Thanks to sedation dentistry at Gulch Dental Studio, you can now receive any dental treatment you need while remaining relaxed and comfortable. We offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation at our Nashville, TN, office. And by working alongside an experienced doctor licensed to provide general anesthesia, we can provide a complete range of options. We are proud to be one of the only practices in the Nashville area to offer general anesthesia. Whether you need a routine cleaning, periodontal therapyoral surgery procedure, or root canal therapy, we go to great lengths to ensure your safety and peace of mind. When you come to our office, you can expect to experience a patient-centered environment with a team of professionals dedicated to your health and well-being.

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Sedation can allow even the most anxious patients to remain calm throughout treatment. 

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry includes a range of sedation or anesthesia options designed to meet your specific needs, so that even patients with dental phobias can receive proper care. There are approximately four levels: mild, moderate, deep, and general:

  • Mild: Minimal sedation that calms you while you are awake, and usually administered through nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or an oral sedative
  • Moderate: You are conscious but will remember little of the procedure, and will take an oral sedative beforehand
  • Deep: Creates a semi-sleep state, often with an intravenous (IV) sedative
  • General anesthesia: Full sedation which is often recommended for complex or lengthy procedures

Despite which sedation method is used, your doctor will also administer local anesthetic to numb the treatment area.

Who Can Benefit

Every case is different, and some patients have a disposition that naturally makes sedation a better option. It is often helpful for patients with:

  • Severe anxiety about undergoing dental treatment
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Extensive dental issues
  • A sensitive gag reflex
  • Extreme dental sensitivity

What to Expect

Before you receive any type of sedation, we will go over your medical history to determine which option would be safest and most appropriate for you. Some existing conditions, such as sleep apnea, should be disclosed and discussed prior to your procedure.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask, and the effects wear off soon after your procedure. This is also the only type of sedation where you can still drive yourself home safely after treatment.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedatives can be administered in different doses, depending on your case, and will usually be taken about an hour before your procedure. Depending on the dose, you will become groggy or fall into a doze.

IV Sedation

In terms of how IV sedation works, intravenous sedation is given through an IV, and your doctor can continually monitor the levels throughout your procedure to minimize IV sedation risks.

General Anesthesia

If you will be under general anesthesia, a doctor certified in the method will be there to administer the medication and check on you throughout treatment, and you will be monitored afterward.

Sedation dentistry allows even patients with dental phobias can receive proper care.

We take patient health and safety very seriously. Sedation dentistry is relatively low-risk with the proper precautions and trained technicians. For all except nitrous oxide, these methods will impair your ability to drive for several hours, so you need to have someone else drive you home.

Learn Whether Sedation is Right for You

Our team is committed to providing compassionate and quality dental care, whether you come for a basic cleaning, restorative dentistry procedure, or cosmetic treatments. We want to make sure all our patients are comfortable and relaxed through the whole process, and will take the time to go over your medical history, health conditions, and any concerns or questions you may have about sedation dentistry. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, contact us using our simple form.

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Gulch Dental Studio

Gulch Dental Studio is a state-of-the-art practice utilizing the latest technology and techniques to enhance your smile. We offer a range of services including:

Book an appointment by scheduling a consultation online, or by calling our Nashville office at (615) 953-3068 today.

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