Sedation Dentistry

More than half of all Americans avoid going to the dentist on a regular basis, and for many the reason is fear. In many cases, the longer you wait, the more complicated and costly the process of resolving your problem gets. Stop letting fear keep you from getting the dental care you need – Hollymead Dental is proud to offer two methods of sedation dentistry in Charlottesville.

IV Sedation and Oral Conscious Sedation

You’ve probably heard a lot of dentists mention “sleep dentistry” or “twilight sleep” in referencing either IV or oral sedation. Sedation dentistry does not actually put you “to sleep” at all. During the sedation, you are awake and aware, able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.

For most people, IV/Oral sedation induces a feeling of deep relaxation. Secondly, conscious sedation can produce partial or full memory loss (amnesia) for the duration of the drug’s effectiveness. This induces the feeling that time is passing very quickly and is usually the reason people feel as if they were asleep.

IV sedation is accomplished by starting an IV, whereas oral conscious sedation is accomplished using similar medications in tablet form. To determine which method is best for you, consult with your dentist.

Contact Hollymead Dental today to learn more about your sedation dentistry options for dental appointments that are both comfortable and stress-free!