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Sedation Dentistry – Belmont, MA

Feel More At-Ease in The Treatment Chair

Dental anxiety and fear are a common occurrence in patients of all ages, including adults. Having an uncomfortable and extreme emotional response to visiting your dentist in Belmont can keep you from receiving the dental care and treatments that you need to keep your oral health on the right track. At EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care of Belmont, we offer two methods of sedation dentistry in our Belmont, MA office that can help you feel relaxed while you’re looking after the health of your smile.

Why Choose EyeSmile Optometry & Dental Care
of Belmont for Sedation Dentistry?

Oral Conscious Sedation

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If you have an upcoming appointment that you feel anxious about, then don’t hesitate to ask our team about oral conscious sedation. This calming solution is a step up from nitrous oxide, which makes it ideal for patients who are looking for something a bit more powerful to stay calm in the treatment chair. If you want to learn more about this safe, effective sedation option, then you can read on or, as always, call our team directly.

What Is Oral Conscious Sedation?

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Simply put, oral conscious sedation is a type of sedation dentistry that’s more effective than nitrous oxide but not as intense as IV sedation. Instead of using a nasal mask or a needle, we will have you take a prescription pill about an hour before your procedure begins. Typically, this sedative is recommended for patients who need more extensive dental work, who have had a bad experience at the dentist’s office in the past, who have a strong gag reflex, or who are prone to head, neck, and jaw pain.

How Does Oral Conscious Sedation Work?

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During your first appointment, we will learn more about your dental history, including why you’re interested in dental sedation. From there, we can determine if you’re a candidate by learning about your allergies, any medications you’re taking, and the like. Then, on the day of your treatment, you’ll take a prescribed pill before you get to our office. This will allow you to feel relaxed and comfortable by the time your appointment starts. The effects last for a while, so you will need a trusted friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up from your visit.

Are You a Good Candidate for Oral Conscious Sedation?

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The best way to find out is by getting in touch with our team! If you struggle with dental-related anxiety, we know that this can be easier said than done. However, please know that our Belmont team isn’t here to pass judgment. Quite the opposite – we genuinely want to help you have the positive experience you deserve, and we want to know what we can do to make that happen. So, if you think that you may be a candidate for oral conscious sedation, then give us a call.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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For children and adults who have mild to moderate anxiety surrounding visiting the dentist, we also offer fast-acting nitrous oxide sedation. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this sedative is mild enough to be suitable for patients of all ages while also being strong enough to help with everything from a fear of needles to a strong gag reflex. If you want to learn who is a good candidate for this calming solution, how it works, and more, then read on!

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

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As we mentioned above, nitrous oxide is suitable for patients of all ages, including children. Typically, this form of sedation is recommended for those who struggle with dental-related anxiety, have a fear of needles, have trouble getting or staying comfortable in the treatment chair, or experience dental sensitivity. However, we always conduct a thorough consultation beforehand to make sure it’s a good fit. For example, if you have a condition that makes it difficult to breathe, then you’re likely not a candidate for nitrous oxide.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

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The entire process starts when you arrive at our office. After you’re settled into the treatment chair, we’ll place a small nose mask on you so you can easily breathe in the colorless and odorless gas. Within a few minutes, you’ll feel the effects begin to kick in. Although you’ll be in a complete state of relaxation, you’ll still be able to communicate with our team if you have any questions, if you need more or less nitrous oxide, etc. At the end of your treatment, we will switch off the nitrous so you’re just breathing in oxygen again.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

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Once we remove the mask, the effects will begin to dissipate. In fact, many patients feel back to normal within a matter of minutes! As a result, you won’t have to worry about coordinating transportation to and from your appointment. We’ll let you rest as long as you need and provide you with any aftercare instructions specific to your treatment. Then, you’ll be able to drive yourself home and do whatever else is on the agenda for that day.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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It’s very common for patients who are interested in sedation dentistry to have questions beforehand. Will I remember anything? Does dental insurance cover the cost? Is it true that nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation make you tell secrets? Good news: you can find the answers to these questions and more right here!

Will I remember anything with dental sedation? 

One of the perks of dental sedation is that (although you’ll be conscious) you may not remember much about your procedure. This memory loss effect often helps patients form a more positive association with visiting their dentist, making them less anxious about future visits!

Is sedation dentistry safe? 

Sedation dentistry has been extensively studied and tested, and it is safe for patients who are good candidates. That’s why our Belmont dental team will dedicate some time during your consultation to learning about your medical history, current medications, and any existing medical conditions. We will also ask you a few questions about your anxiety in order to determine which sedation dentistry option is best. Simply put, we will go above and beyond to ensure that you are a good candidate beforehand, and we will closely monitor your vitals throughout your treatment as well.

What does it feel like to be sedated at the dentist? 

Naturally, the answer to this question depends on the type of sedation you’re receiving. Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas”) often causes patients to feel light, euphoric, and, of course, relaxed. Oral conscious sedation is a more powerful sedative that results in an even deeper state of relaxation. So much so that patients often doze off in the treatment chair! This can make it feel like time is passing quickly, which is a big plus if you aren’t a huge fan of having dental work done.

Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance? 

Sadly, many dental insurance providers don’t cover sedation dentistry since it’s a “luxury” treatment. As always, there are some exceptions. For example, patients with disabilities may rely on nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation to get the dental care they need. Ultimately, the answer to this question depends entirely on the fine print on your dental plan. If you’re having trouble understanding your coverage, don’t hesitate to let us know so we can help.

Is sedation dentistry worth it? 

Many patients ask themselves this question, especially if their dental insurance doesn’t cover a portion of the cost. However, it’s important to note that sedation dentistry can play a crucial role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy, especially if you’ve forgone dental care in the past because of dental-related anxiety. Furthermore, sedation dentistry can effectively keep you calm and comfortable throughout your treatment, creating a more positive experience for you and a smoother treatment process for your dental team. So, yes, sedation dentistry is well worth it.

Does dental sedation make you tell secrets? 

No, it does not! There is a common misconception that dental sedation is also a truth serum, causing you to share your deepest, darkest secrets. Don’t worry though – that’s not true. Plus, if you happen to say anything you normally wouldn’t while under sedation, you can have peace of mind knowing that it will stay within the walls of your treatment room.

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