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Comfort Dentistry

Comfort Dentistry

Comfort dentistry, often referred to as sedation dentistry, includes the use of medication and anesthetics to help patients relax during dental procedures. A large number of people avoid visiting their general dentist simply because they are anxious or afraid of most dental treatments. However, regular dental check-ups are tremendously important for oral health and hygiene. Comfort dentistry can be applied to anything from invasive, complicated dental procedures to a simple teeth-cleaning. Patients can choose from minimal sedation (patients are awake, but relaxed), moderate sedation (formerly called “conscious sedation”), deep sedation (patients are on the edge of consciousness but may still be awakened) and general anesthesia (patients are completely unconscious). Comfort dentistry includes inhaled sedation, oral sedation and IV sedation. These options are optimal for patients who have a low pain threshold, have a sensitive gag reflex, can’t sit still in the dentist’s chair, have sensitive teeth or need a large amount of dental work performed. Children can also participate in comfort dentistry, as oral sedation is safe when monitored by the recommended dose for a child’s age and weight.