Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry for the Fearful

Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. We understand and help people of all ages with previous negative dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and extreme gagging, which are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.

If you suffer from dental phobia fear no more! We are committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. This is what separates our office from other dental practices. Not only will our staff treat you with gentleness and care, but sedation will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. Dental sedation will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not always be asleep, but you will be comfortable, calm, and relaxed, drifting in and out of a “twilight sleep”. While engaging in a pleasant sleep like experience, Dr. Moussalli will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” with the results you desire, with little or no memory of the procedure.

How is the Sedation Administered?

There are different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. We offer nitrous oxide analgesia (laughing gas) alone, several levels of oral sedation (oral medication), or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation.  We can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire. All modalities are administered and monitored by Dr. Moussalli in the safety and comfort of our office environment.

Sedation for Children

We love working with children and pride ourselves on helping children experience pleasant, successful appointments. We call it CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY MADE FUN. Although a majority of our pediatric cases are managed well without sedation, our office offers sedation for children who need it as early as age 2. One of the greatest benefits of sedating very anxious children is avoiding the development of dental phobia as adults. We have consistently seen this result in our patients over the last 28 years.

Sedation Dentistry for the Elderly

As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion. We are dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.

Elderly patients, as a group, tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including: more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep patients away from the dentist.

For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for us to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking” to an improved oral state!