What’s Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a medication that our dentists in Miami Beach administer to patients to help them feel relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures. It’s often referred to as “sleep dentistry” because patients can sometimes fall asleep during their appointments. There are several different levels of sedation from minimal to general anesthesia. At SoBe Dentist we offer both minimal and moderate sedation that allows our patients to be fully conscious but fully relaxed.

Types of Sedation Dentistry We Offer

We offer two different types of sedation dentistry treatments to choose from. When you meet with Dr. Mantovani and Dr. Escoto, they will help you decide which type is best for you.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a great form of sedation dentistry because the effects only last as long as we give it to. This makes it convenient for patients who don’t want to arrange for a ride to and from their appointment. Often called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas you inhale with oxygen through a mask we place over your nose. We have complete control over how much you receive so we can increase or decrease your dosage throughout your procedure. Within minutes of removing your mask, the effects will wear off and you can drive home. Nitrous oxide can make patients feel relaxed during any type of dental treatment from regular cleanings to dental fillings.

Oral Conscious Sedation

The second type of treatment we offer is oral conscious sedation which has greater effects than nitrous oxide and requires the patient to get a ride to and from their dental appointment due to the effects. To receive oral conscious sedation, we will provide patients with a few pills. Some patients will take on before bed the night before their procedure to help them sleep and others may only require to take one before their procedure. Once the pill takes effect, the patient will feel very relaxed and may possibly fall asleep while we perform their procedure. Each patient receives a dosage based on their needs.

Who’s a Good Candidate?

Many people can benefit from sedation dentistry, even those who don’t suffer from dental anxiety. We recommend for patients who experience the following.

  • Suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist
  • Strong gag reflex
  • All dental work feels painful
  • Bothered by smells and sounds at the dentist
  • Have a long procedure
  • Want to combine multiple procedures into one visit
  • Don’t want to be fully conscious
  • Have a difficulty sitting still
  • Find it painful to sit for long periods

Almost any patient is a good candidate. If you’re interested, just let Dr. Escoto or Dr. Mantovani know.

Experience the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Never skip a dental appointment again. Sedation dentistry can give any patient a pleasant experience for procedures and can even help some patients overcome their fear of visiting the dentist. If you have ever skipped a dental appointment because of anxiety or another reason related to not being able to relax, this can help you get the treatments you need. Contact our Miami Beach sedation dentists at SoBe Dentist today to schedule an appointment. Please call (305) 535-2225 to learn more about sedation dentistry and to book an appointment.