Sullivan Dental Partners

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sedation Dentistry

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We certainly don't expect you to be an expert on dental care, which is why we encourage your questions. Being informed about a procedure and why it's necessary helps you feel more confident when making decisions about your family's dental care. 

We've shared some of the questions we hear most often, but if you don't see yours here, please give us a call. A member of our team will be happy to find the answer you need or arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our doctors.

Sedation Dentistry

For decades, Dr. Rick has been helping our patients relax so they can comfortably receive important dental care. If you are apprehensive about dental visits, the professional team at Sullivan Dental Partners can help. Dentist | Sedation Dentist in Brentwood TN

Types of Sedation

We offer two types of sedation. The first and mildest is nitrous oxide or laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that has been used safely since the mid-1800s. The purpose of nitrous is not to “put you to sleep,” but to help you relax into a calm state.

You will be alert enough to talk to your doctor, and as soon as we stop administering the gas, the effect will dissipate quickly. You will be able to return to your usual activities right after your appointment. All our staff members are trained in the use of nitrous oxide.

Another effective option is oral sedation, where Dr. Rick or Dr. Sully will prescribe a sedative to be taken about an hour before your appointment. The advantage of oral sedation is that when you arrive at our office you will already be in a relaxed state. Please note that if you opt for oral sedation, you must have a driver to get you to and from your appointment.

Are you afraid of dental visits and interested in learning more about our sedation options? Please contact our Brentwood office for more information!

Sedation dentistry is often the answer for patients with dental anxiety and phobias. It allows them to visit the dentist and get the treatment they need without fear.

And before we administer dental sedation in Brentwood, TN, we always make sure it’s a safe option for you, based on your health history, and chat with the dentist.

Our sedation dentistry options include:

  • Nitrous oxide—Nitrous is a safe gas delivered through a nasal mask. This option has no lingering side effects.
  • Oral sedation—A pill is taken before treatment, making it so you may not recall your dental procedure.
  • IV sedation—Sleep or twilight sedation is delivered intravenously. With oral and IV sedation, you will need transportation as you cannot drive an automobile on that day.

Sedation works well for dental phobias, but it is also an excellent option for patients undergoing multiple or invasive dental treatments. It allows you to relax during your procedure and not feel nervous about your appointment.

Talk to Us about Sedation Dentistry in Brentwood

Your mouth is the gateway to your body systems, which means dentistry plays a crucial role in your overall wellness. Give us a call today to schedule your sedation dentistry consultation or if you have questions for our sedation dentist.

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