What is sedation dentistry?

What is sedation dentistry?

At Saba Road Dental Center, our dentists can use sedation dentistry to help patients suffering from dental anxiety or heightened oral sensitivity get the treatment they need in a comfortable and stress-free manner. 


Sedation in Dentistry

Dental sedation can help nervous or anxious patients to get through anything from routine examinations and cleanings to more invasive dental procedures in a calm and relaxed manner.

Each of our patients is unique, and sedation needs differ greatly based on the individual's anxiety as well as the procedure. That's why our Richmond dentists assess each patient's sedation requirements on a case-by-case basis. 

Levels of Dental Sedation 

  • Minimal sedation: You will not fall asleep with this type of sedation. Minimal sedation will cause you to feel calm and relaxed but still able to walk, talk and breathe as normal. 
  • Moderate sedation: With moderate sedation you will feel drowsy but still able to talk, hear and respond. Under moderate sedation you will still require a local anesthetic at the treatment site for pain management. Once the procedure is over you may or may not be able to remember it.
  • Deep sedation: With deep sedation you will be asleep and won't have any memory of the procedure. A local anesthetic will still be required at the treatment site for pain management with this level of sedation.
  • General anesthesia: This is the deepest level of sedation. While under general anesthesia you will be unconscious (feel as if you're asleep) and won't feel any pain during the treatment. Reflexes will be absent and you will require assistance breathing. 

At Saba Road Dental Center, our team of dental professionals strive to help you receive the treatment you need in a stress-free and comfortable manner. If you suffer from dental anxiety, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, resistance to local anesthetic or unusually sensitive oral nerves, dental sedation may be right for you. 

To find out if sedation dentistry is right for you, contact our Richmond dentists at Saba Road Dental Center. 

(604) 304-1088