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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

At Veranda Dentistry, we understand the dentist is probably the last place you want to be.

If you are one of millions of Americans suffering from some level of dental anxiety, you may avoid seeing us entirely (at least until a problem arises). We also know that regular preventive care and maintenance is essential if you wish to avoid painful and costly oral health problems down the road. That’s why we are happy to offer relaxing sedation dentistry to help our patients get the care they need…comfortably.

Sedation Dentistry

Sit Back, Relax & Smile!

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Is sedation right for me?

There are many reasons people avoid going to the dentist. Some of the most common reasons patients seek sedation include:

  • Fear of pain or blood
  • Fear of needles or the drill
  • Bad past experience
  • Bad gag reflex
  • Small mouth or TMJ dysfunction
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Embarrassment
  • Uncomfortable with personal space

Whatever the reason, we would be happy to add sedation to your routine to help make your visits relaxed and comfortable – whether for just a routine cleaning or more major dental work. We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible every step of the way. We are here for you.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation comes in the form of a prescription pill your dentist can prescribe that you can pick up at your local pharmacy. You will take the sedative about an hour before your visit to help you relax. You will need to arrange for transportation to and from your appointment.

You will feel relaxed, comfortable, lethargic, and maybe even a little euphoric as you drift into a waking dream-like state. You will remain generally awake and able to respond to the doctor throughout your visit. Some patients do relax enough to fall asleep, but you will be easily awakened.

Oral conscious sedation is not the same as general anesthesia, although the medication does produce some amnesic effects. This will make the details fuzzy and it will seem like your appointment went by very quickly. Before you know it you will be all done, and able to smile knowing you made the right decision coming to the dentist.

Benefits of IV Sedation

Are you nervous about undergoing oral surgery, or dental procedures, that can take a few hours? Or does the thought of visiting the dentist for a cleaning cause extreme anxiety? You’re most likely a great candidate for IV Sedation. With the calming effects of IV sedation, you’ll be able to undergo the dental care you need to have great oral health and a beautiful smile. Best of all, you’ll leave your appointment with little-to-no memory of the procedure, even if it was lengthy!

Intravenous sedation helps patients relax and to make dental treatment more comfortable.
Intravenous sedation is used more often to reduce anxiety than to counter pain or discomfort.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, or would like to schedule a visit with your Des Moines dentists, Dr. Chad Johnson at Veranda Dentistry, give us a call today at (515) 650-5531 or request an appointment online! Serving dental patients in Pleasant Hill, Johnston, Des Moines, Bondurant, Runnells, Mitchellville, Colfax, Prairie City, and all of Polk County, IA.