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Dental Arts of Frederick

Sedation Dentistry
Frederick, MD

Taking good care of your mouth is essential for preventing serious oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. Routine dental cleanings and exams are essential for spotting the earliest warning signs of different issues, enabling prompt treatment. When symptoms of different issues are present, a dental exam is needed to determine the cause. If the thought of going to the dentist makes you feel uneasy, though, you may try to avoid going. If you do make it in, you may find it difficult to sit still. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we provide sedation dentistry, enabling you to relax and remain comfortable while providing you with the care you need.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

One of the biggest reasons for sedation is to help patients who are feeling anxious or fearful feel more relaxed and comfortable. Patients who are anxious or frightened of going to the dentist may avoid going. This can result in undiagnosed oral health issues.

Without treatment, oral health issues worsen. Issues that once required a non-invasive or minimally-invasive procedure to treat may soon require much more invasive, and much more expensive treatments. With sedation, you can feel comfortable in the dental chair so that you can get the care you need when you need it.

There are other reasons for sedation. These include:
•  Having a low tolerance for pain.
•  Having a strong gag reflex that is easily triggered.
•  Having trouble sitting still.
•  Having very sensitive teeth.
•  Needing much dental work.
•  Needing treatment that will take several hours.

Levels of Sedation

There are a few different levels of sedation.
•  Minimal. This is the lightest form of sedation available. You are still completely conscious with minimal sedation, but you feel more at ease.
•  Moderate. Moderate sedation causes you to feel sleepy, but you are still conscious.
•  Deep. With deep sedation, you are on the brink of consciousness. You may even fall asleep during your treatment.
•  General anesthesia. The strongest form of sedation, general anesthesia causes you to sleep during your treatment.

Types of Sedation

There are several types of sedation available. With a consultation, we can help to determine the best type to meet your specific needs. Types of sedation include:
•  Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is more commonly called laughing gas. It is a form of minimal sedation. You inhale nitrous oxide through a small mask worn over your nose. It goes to work almost instantly. In addition to feeling more relaxed, your pain threshold is raised, and your gag reflex lowered. When the gas is shut off, the effects wear off very quickly.
•  Oral conscious sedation. Oral conscious sedation is a form of moderate sedation. It involves taking medication by mouth, which takes about 30 minutes to take effect. You feel sleepy but are still conscious. You may even experience temporary amnesia. The effects take several hours to wear off completely, so it is important to have someone drive you home.
•  IV sedation. IV sedation involves using a needle to administer medication directly into your bloodstream. The needle is inserted either into the arm or into the back of your hand. Because the medication goes directly into your bloodstream, it goes to work very quickly. IV sedation can be used for moderate and deep sedation. General anesthesia is also administered through an IV. The effects of IV sedation linger for several hours, so it is important that you have someone to drive you home.

With sedation, we can help you to feel more comfortable in the dental chair, enabling you to get the treatment you need in a very safe, very effective way. For more information, and to find out if sedation is right for you, contact Dental Arts of Frederick today at 301-732-7277.


Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Providing prosthodontic and dental care in Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington DC.

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Taking good care of your mouth is essential for preventing serious oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease. Routine dental cleanings and exams are essential for spotting the earliest warning signs of different issues
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