Sedation Dentistry Broomall, PA

Do you or a loved one suffer dental anxiety? Are you fearful of dental appointments due to a negative past experience?

At Williamsburg Dental, we understand how fear of dental treatment is a common problem. That’s why we provide sedation dentistry to help patients get the dental care they need in a manner that is comfortable. Dental sedation is a safe treatment method that allows anxious or fearful patients to receive general dental care, including dental cleanings and other routine treatments.

Our dentists offer oral conscious sedation and intravenous (IV) sedation, and we are compassionate in helping patients who are apprehensive of the dentist achieve the smile they want without fear of pain. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry in Delaware County, please contact us for an appointment and learn more about how we can help ease your dental anxiety.
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Who Benefits from Dental Sedation?

Dental sedation not only benefits patients with dental fear or anxiety. It also allows efficient care for patients with more complex or longer dental treatments. Sedation dentistry allows patients to get the required treatment to improve their oral health without fear of pain.

Maybe you’ve avoided the dentist or put off getting necessary treatments, and now you are more fearful than ever because of the extensive procedures you’ll need. In this scenario, sedation can provide the solution to your problem.

Many of our patients have been able to enjoy high-quality care through sedation dentistry even when extreme fear has caused problems for them in the past. Sedation helps our dentists provide more efficient care while relaxing our dental patients. Under sedation, patients will not feel any pain and can even fall asleep during their procedure.

Types of Dental Sedation

We provide oral conscious sedation and IV sedation to alleviate dental anxiety. The right sedation technique for an individual patient depends on many factors such as their level of apprehension and the amount of dental work that is needed. Oral conscious sedation is administered prior to a dental procedure and is typically taken as a pill.

Under oral conscious sedation, patients will be conscious and respond to their dentist during treatment. It takes time for oral conscious sedation to wear off, so patients will need to be driven to and from their appointment.

Intravenous (IV) sedation is used to administer anti-anxiety medication into the bloodstream. It takes effect slowly and also takes time to wear off. IV sedation provides deep relaxation to patients. Many patients who undergo IV sedation may even fall asleep because it is highly relaxing.

All IV sedation dentistry at Williamsburg Dental is provided by Dr. Spennato and Dr. Tibbetts with assistance from a board-certified anesthesiologist. Vital signs are carefully monitored during treatment and patients are completely relaxed and unaware of their dental treatments. For your comfort, we offer a complimentary consultation to discuss sedation options before your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

No, you should not feel anything. Dentists and oral surgeons use local anesthetics to numb the treatment area, while the sedatives help you relax.

Will I be unconscious with sedation dentistry?

Unless under general anesthesia, you will be awake during conscious sedation. However, you may feel drowsy. Even with minimal sedation, some patients may fall asleep, but a dentist can easily awaken them.

How long does dental sedation last?

The effects of sedation can last from an hour to several hours after the procedure. It will depend on the type and dose of sedatives the dentist used. You will likely need someone to drive them home after your dental procedure.

Are there any side effects of dental sedation?

Common side effects of dental sedation can include drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, and nausea. Patients may also feel groggy and should avoid driving or operating machinery for 24 hours.

What are the advantages of oral sedation compared to other methods?

Oral sedation is easy to administer by just taking a pill. It is effective and doesn’t require needles. Dental sedation is less expensive than IV sedation. It also has an amnesic effect.

Will I remember anything after dental sedation?

With minimal nitrous oxide sedation, you will likely remember your dental procedure. Moderate oral sedation may leave you with little memory of the dental work. 

Schedule a Dental Consultation

Call Williamsburg Dental for comfortable dental treatment today at (610) 347-8302. You may also request a dental appointment with us on our website. Please let our dental team know if you have questions at your next dental visit. They will be happy to assist you.