Sedation Dentistry in Brentwood, TN
Dental anxiety is a very real problem that affects millions of people.
As uncomfortable as these feelings are, the larger problem is the toll that fear of dental procedures can have on your oral health. You can’t enjoy a beautiful smile unless your teeth are healthy.
If anxiety is holding you back from making or keeping scheduled dental appointments, the team at Sullivan Dental Partners can help.
As part of his commitment to ensuring his patients' comfort, Dr. Rick has been using sedation safely and successfully for his entire career. He received specialized training from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and holds a Limited Conscious Sedation permit from the State of Tennessee. He is also certified in Advanced Cardio Life Support.
You and your family can feel confident knowing that your care is in the hands of a highly trained professional who does everything possible to ensure your complete comfort and safety.
Compassion and Understanding
People experience dental anxiety for a variety of reasons. It may be the sights, sounds, and smells of the office, a strong gag reflex, or a bad dental experience they had as a child.
Whatever the source of your anxiety is, the best way we can start to help you is by understanding what your concerns are. That is why we strongly encourage you to share your feelings with us. We’ll take the time to talk with you about your fears so we can adjust your treatment accordingly. There’s absolutely no reason for you to feel embarrassed. For decades we’ve helped hundreds of our patients overcome their anxiety so they can get the care they need.
Calming Sedation Methods
In addition to a team of compassionate professionals who care about your feelings, we’re pleased to offer effective sedation methods that can be customized just for you.
We are pleased to offer complimentary nitrous oxide in all our treatment rooms to make the dental experience more relaxing. Nitrous oxide is also referred to as inhalation sedation.
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, virtually odorless gas that is delivered through a small tube placed under your nose. Simply breathe in normally, and you will immediately begin to feel its calming effects.
We’ve been using nitrous oxide safely for decades, and it’s proven to be very effective for helping patients remain calm while receiving dental care. In fact, nitrous is so mild that it’s often used to help relax a fearful child, which allows us to safely and efficiently perform their dental procedures.
The effects of nitrous oxide are mild. It’s safe, and the effects dissipate shortly after we stop administering the gas. Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep, so you will still be able to interact with your dentist. All of our auxiliary staff are certified in nitrous use and CPR.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is an excellent way to calm your nerves before your procedure. We’ll prescribe a sedative for you to take about an hour before your appointment to help you relax even before you get to our office. To ensure your complete comfort, Dr. Rick will administer additional medication after your arrival if needed.
During treatment, you will feel very calm but remain conscious so that you are able to express your concerns and answer our questions. Your condition will be monitored continuously throughout your procedure.
Relax and Get the Care You Need!
Is fear of dental visits compromising your good oral health? We urge you to contact our Brentwood dental office so we can show you how easy dentistry can be with our effective sedation methods. Also be sure to read our Sedation Dentistry FAQs.