Oral Sedation

Does your child experience high levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist? S/he may be a candidate for Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Phelps is Board Certified to administer (oral conscious) sedation, commonly referred to as “Sedation Dentistry.”

Sedation Dentistry

Advantages to patients include:

  • Treatment is completed when your child is in a more relaxed mood.
  • He or she will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
  • Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.

Anti-Anxiety Medicine

The most commonly prescribed dental related drugs that treat anxiety belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs such as Valium and Versed. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding and toning down activity within “fear” receptors in the brain. These are drugs which relieve anxiety and induce a state of calm and relaxation.

When not to take benzodiazepines:

You should be sure to inform Dr. Phelps if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis and some other conditions. It’s also important to let us know if your child is taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.