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At Pittsford Dental Excellence Center, some patients have more difficulty than others being comfortable at the dentist, for a variety of reasons. As a result, Pittsford Dental Excellence Center offers sedation dentistry.

Dr. Sam Guarnieri is a certified oral sedation dentist.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can be an excellent solution for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. For these people, going to the dentist creates tremendous stress and anxiety that can become extreme or a borderline phobia. Many people even avoid going to the dentist because of their fears and anxiety. Do not let your fears hold you back from having a healthy smile. Sedation dentistry will make your dental visits anxiety-free.

Sedation is also an option for patients with any of the following conditions:

  • Jaw discomfort, or issues controlling muscles for prolonged periods of time
  • Patients who have several lengthy procedures needed
  • Difficulty reacting to local anesthesia
  • Strong gag reflex

Certain conditions may exclude someone from being a candidate for sleep dentistry.

These include the following:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergy to sedatives
  • Depression of the central nervous system
  • Glaucoma
  • Resistance or tolerance to certain medications

How does sedation dentistry work?

Our office uses sedatives that have been well documented for their safety and effectiveness. The sedation makes a person drowsy and unaware of the procedure that is being performed but is not powerful enough to cause total sleep. Once sedated, several dental procedures can be completed in a single visit. If you plan on sedation dentistry, be sure to have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment.

Our staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about sedation dentistry. Just call our Pittsford, NY office today at (585) 248-2575 to learn more, or schedule a consultation.

Pittsford Dental Excellence Center provides total oral health care to patients in Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry

Dentophobia is the fear of the dentist. Many people find dental appointments unpleasant but there are few who will not visit the dentist because their fear is so great. The fear of the dentist may stem from a number of reasons, the first being negative experience. If at some stage you have had a bad encounter with a dentist or in a dental chair, this may fuel your phobia. The fear of pain may also be part of dentophobia, though dentistry is almost completely painless now, the fear of feeling pain while getting treated is a driving one. The fear of needles is also a large player, particularly if your tooth condition would require you to get an injection. The fear of the smells and sound, especially of the drill which is again linked to less positive interactions. Whether it be one or a combination of these factors, dentophobia needs to be addressed because avoiding the dentist will only result in negative effects.

Regular check-ups at the dentist are important because it will not only help maintain the health of your teeth but also allow your dentist to perform preventative dentistry, saving you from further complications down the line. If you do not visit the dentist regularly, then you are likely to miss out on any small signs of issues or problems. A small cavity that can easily be filled and preventing decay down the line will not be tended to, resulting in potential further damage and tooth decay. The worst part of not maintaining your teeth is that if these smaller problems develop into bigger ones, the chances are that they will hurt even more and require extensive dental work that would have not been necessary had you come in for regular check-ups.

Sedation dentistry is used for those who suffer from dentophobia, a strong gag reflex, local anaesthesia complications, who need lengthy procedures and who have jaw discomfort. At Pittsford Dental Excellence, we use sedative that are well documented for being safe and effective. Sedation will not make you sleep completely but rather relax and make you drowsy and unaware of the procedures being performed. It is recommended that someone drive you home after your appointment if you receive sedation.