Sedation Dentistry

Overcome Your Dental Fears

When it comes to seeing a dentist, an estimated one in seven people experience some form of anxiety. These anxieties can have severe consequences when they are allowed to impact decisions that patients make toward their dental care. As many as 30% of these highly anxious patients end up delaying dental visits until they find themselves in an emergency situation. Unfortunately, neglecting routine dental care often results in more serious dental and overall health problems. Such problems often require treatments that are more extensive and expensive than when routine treatment is maintained.

Let Dr. Berzin Help…

In addition to helping people with anxiety and fear, sedation dentistry offers Dr. Berzin an effective solution for people with special needs. As an example, some patients have difficulty getting numb, others have a sensitive gag reflex, or difficulty keeping their mouth open for extended periods of time. Sedation dentistry is also a welcome alternative to treating patients with certain medical conditions, physical or developmental disabilities.

Understanding Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation dentistry allows the patient to experience reduced levels of anxiety and fear during a dental procedure. With sedation dentistry the patient will be in a deep state of relaxation and will feel as though the procedure only lasts a couple of minutes, when in fact it may last a couple of hours. The patient will be able to respond to verbal commands and will breathe on his or her own. Patients may have little to no memory of their experience, including the sounds and smells of the dental office. They will be relaxed, safe and comfortable.

If you fear the thought of visiting the dentist, let Dr. Berzin and his team introduce you to sedation dentistry. They will help you overcome your fear and anxiety.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation involves the use of oral medications in the form of a pill or tablet to relieve mild to moderate anxiety. This produces a high level of drowsiness, but not a complete sleep. The medicine is administered prior to treatment.

IV (Full) Sedation

Intravenous (IV) sedation involves the use of medications administered intravenously to produce a relaxed and anxiety-free dental experience. During intravenous sedation it is standard safety procedure to hook up the patient to a blood pressure monitor, heart rate monitor and a pulse oximeter. Dr. Berzin is able to customize the exact level of sedation to fit each patient’s needs and requirements.