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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistryAre you afraid of going to the dentist? You're not alone! Fear of going to the dentist is extremely common. In fact, most people who don't regularly see the dentist list fear as the primary reason. You know how important dentist visits are to maintaining a beautiful smile and improving your overall health. Sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fears. And in the Robinson Township area, there's no better place for sedation dentistry than the Pittsburgh Dental Spa.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state. When you undergo an oral health procedure, your dentist may use a range of pain relieving substances. Patients have alternatives to the traditional treatment options of inhalation (nitrous oxide or "laughing gas") and IVs, such as those offering a "no needle" approach that many people find more pleasing.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

"Laughing gas" is a mild sedative, by inhaling a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen you can achieve a pleasant, "tingling" sensation. Patients often use our Sirius XM headphones and listen to relaxing music with this method. You will remain aware of your surroundings at all times. No escort is required.

Premedication for Anxiety Patients

Sedative drugs (tranquilizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, etc.) are our most popular and affordable method of sedation. The typical anti-anxiety premedication consists of sedative pills and usually in combination with nitrous oxide sedation. This combination of oral medication and nitrous oxide sedation is very effective for most anxious patients. An escort is required.

Intravenous or IV Sedation

Some patients find sedative drugs to be ineffective or insufficient. In this case we may recommend IV sedation. IV sedation, also known as general anesthesia, puts the patient to sleep. is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. Generally, we perform IV dental sedation for the following situations:

  • Complex or lengthy procedures
  • Patient has difficulty controlling muscle movement
  • Patient has intense gag reflex
  • Patient has severe anxiety
  • Patient has special needs

Not only will you feel no pain during the process, but you also won't remember the procedure. However, you will need help getting home, as dental sedation can cause mild fuzziness for several hours after your appointment.

Before your treatment, discuss your medical history and concerns with our staff to determine which option is right for you.

Why should I get sedated to see the dentist?

Anti-Anxiety Premedication Dentistry is now the most utilized technique used in the United States to alleviate a patient's fear. The technique is easy and requires no needles. These medications create a comfortable experience and many patients do not remember the visit. Anti-Anxiety Premedication maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and a patient's well being.

Regardless of the type of sedation dentistry you receive, it is important to have a responsible friend / relative to drive you home after the procedure is complete.

Sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis. Patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care after receiving sedation treatment and they are less likely to neglect their oral health.

One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might take hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as total reconstructive treatment that normally require numerous visits can often be performed in a single visit.

If you are afraid to change the appearance of your teeth because you are anxious about undergoing long or complex dental procedures, sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable and remove the apprehension to achieve the perfect smile.

Why choose Pittsburgh Dental Spa?

Dr. Tim Runco, the founder of Pittsburgh Dental Spa, has more than 20 years of experience working with patients just like you. He and the rest of our staff prioritize your comfort over all else.

Don't dread the impersonal, clinical atmosphere the next time you need a dental procedure. Instead, sit back in our comfortable spa-like setting and experience total relaxation through expert sedation.

If you need dental care in Moon Township, PA or the surrounding areas, contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Reviews from real patients:

If heaven had dentist offices…. this would be one of them. Dr. Runco and his every one of his staff are amazing at making a patient feel comfortable. I just underwent a pill sedation procedure and I am happy to say that I was pretty much knocked out through the entire thing. As someone who would cry and shake going into a dental appointment before, I cannot believe that my fears have been eliminated now. I was also pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the pricing is for such an exceptional place. I never thought I would be able to afford sedation dentistry before. There is not a single thing I would change about this place, other than the fact that it is a little far from me, but it’s well worth the drive.

Jamie Garsa

Pittsburgh Dental Spa
6502B Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 200-2614

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