Sedation Dentistry

Dental anxiety is a common issue that prevents many individuals from seeking necessary dental care. At River Valley Dentistry, we understand the importance of feeling comfortable and relaxed during your dental visits. Our sedation dentistry options are designed to provide a stress-free, painless experience, ensuring you receive the care you need in a calm and reassuring environment.

The Purpose of Dental Sedation

The purpose of dental sedation is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for patients undergoing dental procedures, particularly those with dental anxieties or phobias. Dental sedation aims to alleviate fear and anxiety, enabling patients to relax and remain calm during their treatment. By inducing a state of relaxation, dental sedation allows us to work more efficiently and effectively, ensuring a positive experience for all of our patients and promoting optimal oral health outcomes. We offer dental sedation in local anesthesia, laughing gas and oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most minimal form of sedation and is easily administered through a small mask that dispenses a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, leaving you feeling relaxed.

Oral sedation is a minimal to moderate form of sedation, depending on the dosage. You will be administered a pill to take orally about an hour before your treatment. This will leave you feeling drowsy and relaxed, but will not put you to sleep.

Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It’s an ideal solution for those who experience anxiety or fear when visiting the dentist. Depending on the level of sedation, patients may feel mildly relaxed to being fully asleep during their procedures.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

We offer several sedation options to suit different needs and preferences:

  • Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”): This mild sedative is inhaled through a mask placed over your nose. It helps you relax and wears off quickly once the mask is removed, allowing you to drive yourself home after the procedure.
  • Oral Sedation: This involves taking a prescribed pill before your appointment. You will feel drowsy and relaxed but will remain awake and able to communicate.
  • Local Anesthesia: is a safe and effective method used during dental procedures to numb a specific area of your mouth, ensuring you feel no pain while we work to improve your oral health.
a patient at the dentist office receiving dental sedation
  • What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?

    • Reduces Anxiety: Greatly alleviates the fear and anxiety associated with dental visits.
    • Minimizes Discomfort: Helps manage pain and discomfort during procedures.
    • Efficiency: Allows for multiple treatments in fewer visits, saving time and reducing stress.
    • Memory Loss: Some forms of sedation (like IV sedation and general anesthesia) can induce partial or full memory loss of the procedure, which can be beneficial for those with severe dental anxiety.
  • Is sedation dentistry safe?

    Safety is our top priority. Our team is highly trained and experienced in administering various types of sedation. We conduct a thorough assessment of your medical history and current health before recommending the best sedation option for you. Continuous monitoring is performed throughout any procedure involving sedation to ensure your safety and comfort.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’ve been avoiding the dentist due to anxiety or fear, sedation dentistry might be the right solution for you. Contact River Valley Dentistry today to schedule a consultation. Our compassionate team is here to make your dental care experience comfortable, safe, and stress-free. Let us help you achieve your best smile with ease and comfort.

Chattanooga, TN Office

125 Cherokee Blvd Ste 119
Chattanooga, TN 37405
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Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
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(423) 875-0600

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5958 Snow Hill Rd. Ste 124
Ooltewah, TN 37363
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Signal Mountain, TN Office

809 Ridgeway Ave, Signal Mountain TN 37377
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