Sedation Dentistry

Rachel Dorfner, DMD -  - General and Cosmetic Dentistry

Dorfner Dental Studio

Rachel Dorfner, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Burlington, NJ

It’s estimated that 36% of the population experiences dental anxiety. Though common, without taking steps to address it, dental anxiety may keep you from receiving routine oral health care. At Dorfner Dental Studio, general and cosmetic dentist Rachel Dorfner, DMD, offers sedation dentistry to people who fear the dentist or experience dental anxiety. To make an appointment at the practice in Burlington, New Jersey, call the office today or schedule online.

Sedation Dentistry Q&A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses anesthesia and prescription medication to help you relax while receiving oral health care. 

At Dorfner Dental Studio, Dr. Dorfner offers sedation dentistry to people of all ages. Whether you need an oral exam and teeth cleaning or root canal therapy, sedation dentistry can make the process more comfortable and hassle-free.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it can present risks. During your initial consultation at Dorfner Dental Studio, let Dr. Dorfner know if you have an underlying medical condition like a congenital heart defect or kidney disease. These issues won’t keep you from undergoing sedation dentistry, but they may increase the risk of complications.

What types of medication are used in sedation dentistry?

At Dorfner Dental Studio, Dr. Dorfner offers several types of sedation dentistry, including:

Inhaled minimal sedation (nitrous oxide)

Inhaled minimal sedation uses nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.” Laughing gas is a clear, odorless sedative that you inhale through a mask placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax and encourages feelings of euphoria.  

Nitrous oxide wears off quickly. It’s the only type of sedation dentistry that allows you to drive home following treatment.

Oral sedation

Oral sedation uses prescription medication like Halcion® to help you relax during oral health care. With oral sedation, you take a pill at home about an hour before your appointment. Then, a friend or family member drives you to Dorfner Dental Studio and drops you off.

Oral sedation makes you feel drowsy. You might fall asleep during treatment, but Dr. Dorfner can wake you if she has questions or needs you to follow instructions.

IV moderate or deep sedation

IV sedation administers prescription medication into a vein. This type of sedation requires the supervision of a licensed anesthesiologist. Throughout treatment, the anesthesiologist adjusts the amount of medication you receive.

Dr. Dorfner only offers IV sedation for complex procedures, like oral surgery.

Will I also need a local anesthetic?

Yes. No matter the type of sedation dentistry you receive, Dr. Dorfner combines it with a local anesthetic. A local anesthetic is a type of medication that relieves pain. It’s particularly beneficial for procedures affecting teeth and gums, like root canal therapy, extractions, or cosmetic gum contouring.

To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, make an appointment at Dorfner Dental Studio by calling the office today or scheduling online.

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