Sedation Dentistry

At Maplewood Dental Associates, we strive to provide our patients in Maplewood and St. Paul, MN with the highest standard of dental treatment, but we also understand that some or all dental procedures can be stressful for some patients. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry as an option for anyone who needs some relief from the anxiety or nervousness they feel about undergoing a dental procedure. We can offer sedation as a part of any treatment from a dental cleaning to the placement of dental implants. Below are the different methods we use for sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is a very popular method because it is simple and noninvasive. A sedative is swallowed or allowed to dissolve underneath the tongue and will take effect within a matter of minutes. Although you will remain conscious during the procedure, you will be very comfortable and relaxed and will remember next to nothing about it afterward. Oral sedatives have been used for sedation dentistry for several decades and have long records of safety.

Inhalation Conscious Sedation

This method involves administering nitrous oxide, an inhaled sedative that has been in use for nearly 100 years, through a nasal hood that resembles a small cup. Nitrous oxide can be used by itself, or in combination with an anti-anxiety medication taken by mouth. When nitrous oxide is inhaled and mixed with oxygen it produces a light-headed feeling without disrupting any of the body’s normal functions. It is a very effective pain reliever and wears off quickly after the procedure with no “hangover” effect.

Contact Our Practice Today!

If you think that sedation dentistry might be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact Maplewood Dental Associates. Don’t let anxiety prevent you from receiving the dental treatment you need and deserve, instead, let us relax you and care for you with sedation dentistry. Request an appointment today to get started, we will craft an individual treatment plan that suits your needs, concerns, and dental goals. We can’t wait to help you unlock the full potential of your smile!

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