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Sedation Dentistry

Children are especially great candidates for sedation dentistry. 

If you or someone you know suffers from a dental phobia - Oral Sedation or “Sleep Dentistry” is available in our office. Sedation Dentistry bridges the gap between new technology and patient comfort. After a thorough exam/consultation with Dr. Nelson you’ll have the opportunity to have him first answer any questions and screen for any medical reasons you may not be eligible for Sedation Dentistry. Then the appointment will be scheduled. You are prescribed a small pill to make you “snooze” through your dental appointment. Even though you are not technically under a general anesthetic, most patients describe the experience as seeming to be asleep. You will have little or no memory of the appointment. You will not even remember sounds or smells. You will be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by. What this provides is a way for the very fearful or especially sensitive patient to benefit from complete dental care without having to deal with the actual dental treatment experience.

As many dental patients can attest, dental phobia is a paralyzing fear that keeps people from obtaining regular dental care. We know that an estimated 15% of all Americans avoid regular dental care due to fear surrounding the dental visit. Over 35 million Americans have some level of anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. But for many, it is more than being afraid. Some of our patients have had elsewhere a previous traumatic experience in a dental chair; others come from a painful past. But regardless of your personal history, we are here to help. We understand that your fears may have kept you from a dentist, but there is no need to feel embarrassed. We are here to help you and encourage you so that you can have the confidence a beautiful smile a healthy mouth can bring.


When you arrive in the dental office (you’ll need to have a companion drive you home and care for you after the appointment), you will be escorted into the treatment room, covered with a warm chenille blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable and sedated Dr. Nelson will take care of your dental needs while you relax. When your treatment is completed, your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is especially useful for adult patients who:

• Have high anxiety about dental visits
• Wish to have their treatment completed in one or two long well planned appointments
• Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
• Have difficulty getting numb
• Have a strong gag reflex
• Have troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
• Are afraid of needles
• Have sensitive teeth
• Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care

The best way to determine whether you are candidate for Sedation Dentistry is to come in for a consultation.

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