Dr. Theresa Kujala, Aberdeen, MD Dentist, Offers Sedation Dentistry to Patients

At Bay Area Dental, dentist Dr. Theresa Kujala is pleased to offer sedation dentistry options to new and existing patients in her Aberdeen, MD dental office. Sedation dentistry is the use of medication on a patient during a dental treatment to help the patient enter a highly relaxed state. This allows a more comfortable, and relaxing patient experience, even for patients who suffer from dental anxiety.

There are several reasons why patients may choose sedation dentistry for their treatment. Some of these include:

  • Sedation dentistry provides a gentle, soothing experience that can help you overcome dental anxiety or dental phobia.
  • Sedation allows your body to relax more completely, increasing the effectiveness of local anesthesia
  • Sedation reduces the sensation of passing time, which can be very useful if you need a complex procedure or multiple procedures done in a single sitting.
  • Sedation’s relaxing effects also prevent your muscles from stiffening or becoming sore due to spending extended periods of time in one position.

Though it is true that the dental procedures you need can generally be done without sedation, Dr. Kujala has found that many patients are greatly helped by using sedation dentistry as a part of their individual oral health treatment plan.

Dr. Kujala ensures the best fit for each patient by offering two different types of Sedation Dentistry: Nitrous Oxide and Oral Conscious Sedation. In either case, the sedation will be closely monitored by expertly trained and experienced dental professionals to ensure your safety and comfort at all times.

Nitrous Oxide, also commonly known as laughing gas, is the mildest form of dental sedation. Once inhaled, it induces a state of mild relaxation and reduces sensitivity to pain. Nitrous Oxide is safe for virtually every patient, regardless of age. Following the procedure, oxygen will be used to neutralize the effects of the nitrous oxide. Once this is complete, you will be fully alert and able to drive yourself home, if desired.

Oral Conscious Sedation, or OCS, provides a stronger level of sedation than Nitrous Oxide. Many patients prefer to use OCS for the deeper relaxation it provides.  Though you are still able to stand, walk, or answer questions, you remain in a calm and drowsy state throughout the treatment. With OCS, many patients have found they have little memory of the procedure after the fact. For patients with Dental Anxiety, this can be a great benefit.

Unlike with Nitrous Oxide, if you choose Oral Conscious Sedation, you will need someone to provide your transportation on the day of your procedure. While there are no lingering aftereffects, the sedative effect of OCS can take up to 24 hours to fully diminish.

We will gladly work with you to determine whether Sedation Dentistry is right for your needs and to help you decide which type you want to use. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kujala, visit http://dentistinaberdeen.com/.

Bay Area Dental
6 Howard St
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Phone: (410) 272-2783
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