Sedation Dentistry

Conscious Sedation Dentistry

A person's smile is one of the most important and influential forms of expression. However, many people have had experiences with dental work that has left them anxious, fearful and likely to avoid having necessary work done. Thankfully, Conscious Sedation Dentistry allows Dr. DiDonato to safely help these patients who may otherwise avoid treatment. We offer two types of Conscious Sedation: IV Sedation (adults only) or Nitrous Oxide. The patient and Dr. DiDonato will decide together which form of Sedation will be best in each patient's case.

In one or two visits, Dr. DiDonato can complete dental work that may have been avoided for years while the patient simply relaxes through the treatment. Dr. DiDonato has undergone advanced training in order to provide patients with a comfortable and safe way to have dental treatment. She completed a one-year residency program at the University of Florida where she earned her sedation certification.

How Does Conscious Sedation Dentistry Work?

Prior to the appointment, you and the doctor will decide which type of Conscious Sedation works best for you. You will either be given Nitrous Oxide or IV Sedation (adults only). The night before your appointment, you will be prescribed medicine(adults only) that will help you relax and make it to the appointment without worrying. If IV Sedation is being used, you will need someone to drive you to and from the office. However, if Nitrous Oxide is used, you are able to drive yourself here and home. Once at our office, you will be greeted and brought to a treatment room where you will be made comfortable.

Your vital signs will be monitored throughout the appointment. Once you are relaxed, Dr. DiDonato will perform the dental treatment. When your procedure is complete, you will feel relaxed and have little memory of the procedure.

Who is a Candidate for Conscious Sedation?

Patients who:

  • Have anxiety or fear visiting the dentist
  • Children with anxiety or fear  (Nitrous only)
  • Have anxiety or fear of needles
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have sensitivity during treatment

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