Sedation Dentistry

If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist or difficulties tolerating dental procedures, we offer sedation options to provide relaxation and comfort during treatment. Our cosmetic dentist Jeff Blackburn, DDS is specially trained in a variety of sedation dentistry techniques to help you overcome your fears and discomfort and calmly receive the dental treatments you need. Depending upon the severity of your anxiety, Dr. Blackburn will formulate a customized plan that can adequately address your specific needs.

If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Blackburn can help you overcome your dental anxiety with sedation dentistry, contact South River Dentistry to schedule a consultation.

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Sedation Options We Offer

Dr. Blackburn offers several different types of sedation to achieve various levels of relaxation. Whether you are undergoing a series of restorative procedures, an intensive periodontal treatment, or a cosmetic dentistry procedure, Dr. Blackburn will determine the best method for keeping you comfortable during treatment. The methods he offers include:

Nitrous Oxide

For reduction of mild to moderate anxiety, Dr. Blackburn commonly utilizes nitrous oxide gas. When administered, nitrous oxide is blended with oxygen and inhaled, producing a relaxing effect that can make necessary anesthetic injections and treatment much more tolerable. During the procedure, you will remain awake, yet you should be more comfortable, and you will be able to respond to commands and communication from Dr. Blackburn. Once treatment is complete, the effects of nitrous oxide fade quickly and you should be able to drive yourself home if you choose.

Oral Sedatives

A variety of oral sedative medications can be used to induce drowsiness, deep relaxation, and pain relief. Depending upon on your unique needs, anatomical dimensions, and the length of the procedure, Dr. Blackburn will administer the appropriate oral sedative to provide the appropriate level of sedation. During treatment you should remain awake but you will be very relaxed and may even fall into a light sleep. It is likely that you will not recall the procedure once it is complete. Dr. Blackburn is careful to thoroughly review your medical history and discuss any any medications you may be taking to avoid health complications, allergies, and/or prescription drug interactions. Due to lingering effects caused by oral sedation methods, it is required that you arrange a ride home after treatment.

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