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 to an anesthesiologist that's board certified that can come in and safely sedate somebody.
That’s why we have a board-certified anesthesiologist on staff, Dr. Corey Collins, and offer three 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
- IV sedation, which is administered intravenously
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 Sedation
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 or IV 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.
IV sedation is fast-acting because the sedative immediately enters your bloodstream. This moderate to deep sedation offers more of a sleeplike state than the other two types of sedation. Chances are good you may not remember anything about your procedure. As with oral sedation, you’ll need transportation 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.