Sedation Learning Center

If you break out into a cold sweat, or tremble at the thought of visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Almost 75% of all Americans have some degree of dental anxiety, according to research. Not dealing with this anxiety will keep you away from the dentist and receiving the critical routine dental care you need or lead to more serious problems if dental issues are not resolved. Ignoring minor dental issues can lead to serious problems with the overall health of your body, not just your mouth. Don’t let anxiety or a previous bad experience keep you away from the dentist and from having a happy, healthy smile.

Yes! Sedation dentistry is the solution! Sedation dentistry has helped thousands of anxious patients get the dental work they need. This can help not only those with dental anxiety but patients with a sensitive gag reflex, those who experience difficulty getting numb, and those who need multiple procedures completed in one visit.

Sedation dentistry uses medication to lower the fear and anxiety felt in the dentist chair. Your medical history and medications you are currently taking are evaluated and then the staff at South Shore Dentistry will inform you of the best sedation options for you. Dr. Burt and his staff are available to answer any questions and help with uneasiness that you may have about sedation. Tens of thousands of patients have safely used sedation dentistry all across America to relieve their fear and anxiety.

The best option for your situation will be determined during a consultation between you and Dr. Burt. Together you will determine which of the available sedation methods would be best for the dental procedure and your anxieties. South Shore Dentistry wants to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We offer three different types of sedation in our practice.

  • Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) –Nitrous oxide will be administered through a nasal mask that you will breathe from before starting the procedure. This will reduce anxiety and remove discomfort. Effects of the gas will diminish rather quickly once the mask is removed. You will be able to return to your normal daily schedule right after your office visit.
  • Conscious Sedation – A sedative in pill form will be given to you before the procedure starts causing you to feel drowsy and completely relaxed physically and mentally. The effects will start immediately after the sedation is administered. During this time of sedation Dr. Burt and his staff will perform the needed dental treatments while watching your vital signs closely to ensure your safety. You will be able to communicate through the whole appointment even though sedated. This method of sedation wears away more slowly than nitrous oxide so you will need to have a friend or relative help with transportation after your procedure. By that evening you should be able to return to your normal schedule with little or no memory of the dental procedure that took place.
  • IV Conscious Sedation – IV Conscious sedation is used when a patient experiences severe anxiety during dental procedures and/or for those requiring multiple procedures to be completed in as few visits as possible. When needed, the amount of sedation dosage will be adjusted to ensure your comfort and safety during the dental procedure. You will rest through the entire procedure and be completely relaxed and carefree while Dr. Burt and his staff perform your treatment.  Patients are in a deep relaxation and often fall asleep.  You will need to have a friend or relative drive you to the office and home from your appointment.

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What Others Are Saying

“I have had a lifelong fear of the dentist (I was never even able to sit through a cleaning). Dr. Burt and his staff are so compassionate, patient and gentle that my experiences with them have been painless. They didn’t make me feel bad about my fear and took everything very slowly. I recently did sedation dentistry to get several procedures done at once. They were thorough before, during and after the procedures, walking me through everything, answering questions and making me feel comfortable. Best part was, I didn’t remember any of it when it was over and had no pain.”

– Kristen W., FB

“I went in to see Dr. Burt today for an emergency root canal. I called at 8 am and got an appointment for 9:30. This being my first root canal I was a little apprehensive since I have heard they are painful. I experienced no pain at all and actually took a nice little nap during the procedure. It has been 12 hours since I left the office and still have no discomfort at all. Dr. Burt, Haley, his assistant, and both receptionists were very nice and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Burt and his staff.”

– Dennis H., G+