Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry services offered in Scottsdale, AZ

Do you feel anxious about going to the dentist? The Pure Smiles team in Scottsdale, Arizona, led by Leila Shahbazi, DMD, MPH, understands your worries and concerns when it comes to getting the dental care you need. They provide sedation dentistry to make you comfortable during your visits and keep you at ease. To learn more, make a call to the friendly staff today or book an appointment online.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a specialized approach designed to alleviate anxiety and discomfort for individuals who experience fear or apprehension when visiting the dentist. This method involves the use of sedative medications to help you relax during dental procedures, ensuring a more comfortable experience. 

If the mere thought of a dental appointment makes your heart race and palms sweat, sedation dentistry at Pure Smiles might be the solution you've been looking for.

What sedation options does sedation dentistry offer?

Sedation options in dentistry cater to various levels of anxiety and treatment requirements. The primary sedation methods include:

Minimal sedation

This involves inhaling nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, which induces a relaxed state. You remain conscious and responsive, but your anxiety is significantly reduced.

Oral sedation

Oral sedatives, usually in the form of pills, can be taken before the appointment to induce a deeper state of relaxation. While you might still be awake, you'll feel drowsy and less aware of the procedure.

IV sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation, also called twilight sedation, is administered directly into your bloodstream, allowing your provider to adjust the level of sedation as needed. It often leads to a state where you're barely conscious and might not remember much of the procedure afterward.

General anesthesia

This is the deepest form of sedation, causing you to be completely unconscious during the procedure. It's generally reserved for complex surgeries or extensive treatments.

Dr. Shahbazi can help determine the right sedation method for you.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry isn't limited to individuals with severe dental anxiety; it's also suitable for patients with a low pain threshold, a strong gag reflex, or those requiring multiple or lengthy procedures. 

In addition, individuals with special needs, those with disabilities, or children who struggle with sitting still can benefit from sedation.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Safety is a crucial concern in sedation dentistry. Before undergoing any sedation procedure, the Pure Smiles team thoroughly reviews your medical history to ensure you're a suitable candidate. It's essential, to be honest about your medical conditions, medications, and any allergies you might have. 

Dr. Shahbazi and the team are well-trained in administering sedation and monitoring patients throughout the procedure. They closely monitor your vital signs to ensure your well-being.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, call or book online today.

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