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Oral Sedation Dentistry

Dr Nelson has received special training in dental sedation. Only 1% of the dentists in the country are qualified in conscious sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry allows patients who have fear or anxiety at the dentist to have their dental work in a comfortable, sedated state. 

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses medicine to help you be relaxed and comfortable while receiving dental procedures. It is a small pill typically taken the night before treatment and again about 1 hour before your visit to the office of your sedation dentist in Scottsdale. This tablet has been prescribed over 10 million times per year, by physicians, for patient’s use at home. The drug has almost no side effects or interaction with other medicines you may currently be taking.

What are the Benefits of Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation allows you to comfortably undergo everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. One of the additional benefits is that the medicine has an amnesia quality which for most patients, tends to prevent almost any memory of the visit. It is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry” because of this and its other pleasant effects. Some benefits include:

*enhances effectiveness of anesthetic.

*decreases gagging.

*decreased joint and muscle soreness

* allows more treatment to be provided in a shorter time

How Long Do The Effects of Sedation Dentistry Last?

For most patients, the effects of dental sedation last between 2-4 hours after your appointment, so we require you to have someone drive you to and from our Scottsdale area office.

Conscious Sedation: Am I Really Asleep?

We call it sleep dentistry because most patients do tend to fall asleep. However it is really a conscious sedation as you can still respond to verbal commands from the sedation dentist. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with the results of sedation dentistry.

Oral Sedation Dentistry Safety

Sedation dentistry has a long record and is extremely safe. In addition, during conscious sedation, Dr Nelson and his team constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the dental sedation medicine in less than 30 seconds if needed. 




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