Sedation Dentistry in Ann Arbor, MI

Sedation dentistry refers to the process of establishing a relaxed, calm state during a dental treatment through the use of sedatives, and is an ideal solution for fearful patients or extensive treatments that would otherwise require multiple appointments. Different sedatives vary in degrees of relaxation. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative, such as nitrous oxide or light oral sedation, while the patient is alert and awake to reach a state of light relaxation. Sedation Dentistry
For severe cases of dental phobia, it’s possible for a patient to undergo a major dental procedure and remember very little of it with the help of an anesthesiologist. The type of sedative a patient can receive will depend on the anesthesiologist’s discretion, the patient’s degree of anxiety and the extent of the procedure. 
Anxious—afraid or nervous especially about what may happen. This describes many patients’ feelings before they go to a dentist office; however, some people have “dental anxiety,” which causes them to avoid the dentist office altogether.


Dental anxiety differs for each person, but some common symptoms of dental fear and anxiety include:

  • Trouble sleeping the night before a dentist appointment
  • Anxiety increases at the dentist office, especially when a patient sees dental instruments or the dentist
  • Feeling sick thinking about the dental exam
  • Difficulty breathing while in the dental chair
These symptoms can deter patients from going to the dentist, which also hurts their oral health. To help patients relax during treatment, many dentist offices are offering sedation dentistry. At Embree Dentistry in Ann Arbor, sedation dentistry is available, so you can finally relax in the dental chair.

Sedation allows dentists to create a state of relaxation and manage the fear and pain patients may experience during dental procedures.

Some of the different types of sedation dentistry include:

  • Local anesthesia – administered by injecting medication into tissue or by applying a medication topically to an area to eliminate sensation.
  • Minimal sedation – used most frequently in dentistry and usually involves taking medications orally.  All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on his or her own.  The patient may respond normally to verbal commands and may experience some degree of amnesia about what happened during their dental appointment.  Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” may be used to achieve minimal sedation and in combination with a recommended dosage of oral medication.
  • Moderate sedation – achieved by using medications that can be taken orally or intravenously.  Patients who undergo moderate sedation are awake and respond to touch and/or verbal commands.  All bodily functions remain normal, and the patient does not need assistance breathing.
  • Deep sedation – can be achieved by injecting medication, giving oral medications, and in combination with gases.  Patients who are deeply sedated are not easily woken up, but may respond to some stimulation.  Patients may need some breathing assistance at deeper levels.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Patients suffering from dental phobia are often hesitant to undergo long or complex dental procedures, as they aren’t sure whether they can withstand long periods of time in the dental chair. With sedation dentistry, however, patients can endure the smile makeover they’ve always wanted. This is due in part to the fact that sedatives make long procedures seem like only a few minutes, leaving the patient in a relaxed, and anxiety-free state while the dentist is free to perform the procedure with ease. Appointments that would generally require multiple visits can often be performed in just one due to the patients increased cooperation. 
And since sedation dentistry helps reduce many fears experienced by anxious patients, patients are more likely to go to the dentist for routine care and other treatments once they understand the ease in which a treatment can be performed under the use of sedatives. 
If you suffer from dental fear or anxiety please call Embree Dentistry in Ann Arbor at (734) 973-0000 for your treatment today! 

Ann Arbor, MI Dentist
Embree Dentistry
2340 E Stadium Blvd Suite 7
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

(734) 973-0000

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