Sedation Dentistry

Durbin Dental Offers Sedation Dentistry in Elizabethtown - Call Today!

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Many people do not visit the dentist because they suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry is an excellent way to have a safe, anxiety-free dental experience. For a relaxing, comfortable visit, and highly personalized care, Dr. Derek Durbin offers sedation options for his patients in Elizabethtown.

The effects of oral sedation range from conscious relaxation to feeling very drowsy but responsive. The most popular types of dental sedatives are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Different levels of sedation, mild, moderate, and deep, can be used depending on the needs of the individual. Before administering any sedative, we analyze your full medical history and take notes of any current medications. With most methods of sedation, it is a good idea to have a caregiver with you to drive you to and from your appointment.

Options for Sedation Dentistry

The type of sedation used for each patient is based on their level of anxiety and the length of their scheduled appointment. Dr. Durbin and his team offer a variety of sedation options including:

  • Nitrous Oxide – Commonly known as laughing gas, this sedative induces feelings of relaxation while allowing patients to remain conscious. The effect of nitrous oxide diminishes after the mask is removed and the patient inhales pure oxygen. Patients feel no lingering effects and recover from this sedation method quickly.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation – This method is an excellent choice for people who are afraid of needles. Oral medication is provided before treatment to induce a moderate state of sedation. Oral sedation usually dulls the senses but does not cause sleep. With this method, most patients do not remember the pain, smells, or noises of the procedure. The medication is taken before the appointment and then during the procedure if necessary.
  • IV Sedation – Intravenous sedation is used for shorter treatments and is administered by an injection that delivers the medication directly to the bloodstream. The effects are immediate, and patients usually feel like they have slept through the entire procedure. Sometimes there is a feeling of grogginess after the treatment, so it is very important to bring a designated driver to help you get home safely.

Anxiety-Free Dental Care

Sedation dentistry alleviates anxiety, allowing for more dental work to be completed during your visit. The methods are safe, and there are few side effects. The best part is not feeling the pain and discomfort of your procedure. At Durbin Dental, we are dedicated to ensuring each patient receives the comprehensive care they need without anxiety and fear. Our highly-trained sedation team offers a variety of options to improve your dental experience. For more information about sedation dentistry in Elizabethtown contact our office today.


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