At Martins Dental Partners, our practice philosophy centers on offering an exceptional patient experience. If you’re fearful at the dentist, that means helping you overcome those feelings. We know the degree of anxiety varies from person to person and can change depending on the treatment needed and other factors.Doctor Valerie Martins on the sedation options available Read Transcript
At Martins Dental Partners, we really love to focus on comprehensive care. And sedation has become an important part of that as I've seen so many people avoiding the dentist because of fears of pain on the treatment they need done. So when we started the office, we introduced various options for sedation, anywhere from nitrous to oral sedation. We really focus on creating an amazing experience.
That’s why we are trained to offer different dental sedation options in Beverly – to ensure you can get the right level of relaxation for each situation:
- Inhaled sedation, or “laughing gas,” which is given through a small mask worn over your nose
- Oral sedation, most often a pill but sometimes in a form that can be dissolved under the tongue
To help determine the most appropriate one for you, one of our dentists will meet with you before your procedure to discuss your medical history, your anxiety levels, and other factors. No matter which type is used, our caring staff will closely monitor you while you’re under sedation.
We’re happy to answer your questions about sedation dentistry. Call 978-288-1946 today.
Take the Edge Off With Inhaled SedationStress free care Read Transcript
Going to the dentist can elicit some anxiety for people. Whether they had a bad experience as a child, as an adult, we get a lot of calls with patients who've had a lot of trauma. We do offer a sedation options, anywhere from very light sedation including nitrous to some moderate sedation, with some medication to take away the anxiety. And we also have an anesthesiologist that may be able to come in and actually bring you to some moderate to deep sedation. In general, most of our patients do really well with a combination of nitrous and some oral medications. And it really just does take away that anxiety the night before and during the appointment that things are going to be okay, and it really just allows the patients to get through their visit in a stress free manner. And we try to, whenever possible, to accommodate our patients to make their visit as stress free as possible.
Laughing gas is the lightest form of sedation. It’s a colorless, odor-free gas mixed with oxygen that you inhale through a small mask. It’s safe enough to be used for children. Its effects are well-known because dentists have used it for about 100 years.
This minimal form of sedation keeps you feeling calm and comfortable throughout your procedure, as we can easily adjust the amount you receive. It takes effect quickly and wears off quickly too. Its effects don’t last as long as other forms of sedation. You should even be able to drive yourself home from your appointment!
Relax More Deeply With Oral Sedation
For a deeper level of relaxation, you can take an oral sedative. The types of medication we use for this moderate form of conscious sedation are safe and rarely produce unwelcome side effects. You’ll remain deeply relaxed but completely conscious, so you can easily communicate with our dentists throughout your procedure. You’ll be groggy afterward, so you’ll need to arrange for a ride home.
Sedation Can Ease Many Procedures
Even if you’re not especially anxious, sedation dentistry can make it more comfortable to receive treatment if:
- You’re undergoing oral surgery or a lengthy procedure
- Your mouth or teeth are highly sensitive
- You have a sensitive gag reflex
- It’s difficult for you to remain still for extended periods
Call 978-288-1946 to discuss your dental sedation options in Beverly. You can also use our online form to request an appointment time. In addition to Beverly, we welcome patients from nearby communities like Peabody, MA, Danvers, MA, and Salem, MA. Our office is located near Odd Fellows’ Hall in Beverly Center. We’ll pay for your parking in the Franklin/Washington lot across from our office.