Comfort Dentistry

Understand Why Teeth Cleanings are Necessary

Teeth cleanings are essential not just for clean teeth, but for a healthy body as well. Many people see the mouth as separate from the rest of their body, but the reality its that it’s all connected. Problems in your mouth can cause or even act as an indicator of disease in other parts of your body. As these professional cleaning remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, they also are preventing you from cavities, gingivitis, tooth decay, periodontal disease, and more.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients' fear and anxiety. 

Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill, typically Halcion, which is a member of the same drug family as Valium. It's usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can be awakened with a gentle shake.

Conscious sedation can help ease your mind and get rid of anxiety so you can focus on your dental health, not the discomfort associated with it. If you're afraid, anxious, or apprehensive, let your dentist at Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry know; he or she will choose the right form of dental sedation for you. Call us at 702-616-0777 for an appointment.