At Baltimore Center of Advanced Dentistry, we specialize in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry for the whole family. We’re also proud to offer sedation dentistry, for those patients who have a fear of the dentist or need more aggressive relaxation techniques. Our Lutherville sedation dentistry is quick, easy and will have you in a relaxed and calm state during your procedure.
Sedation dentistry allows us to manage your pain and anxiety during your dental appointment or service. Sedation dentistry differs from general anesthesia in that the patient is awake but in a minimally depressed state of consciousness where they can respond to commands and breathe on their own. Our Lutherville sedation dentistry practice uses two primary ways to administer this type of sedation. The first is called Oral Sedation. This is also known as relaxation dentistry. The sedation is administered in pill format. All of the patient’s bodily functions remain normal and the patient is able to respond normally. Often, the patient is so relaxed they fall asleep. Their sense of time is slightly distorted and they do not remember much after the procedure.
The second type of sedation that we use is called inhalation sedation. This procedure uses nitrous oxide to put the patient into a state of sedation. This method is most frequently used in Lutherville sedation dentistry. As with oral sedation, all bodily functions stay normal and the patient feels slightly detached and in a hazy dream state. Either of these types of sedation techniques may be right for you if you experience stress, fear or anxiety during dental visits. These techniques allow patients to relax and get over their fears by creating a good experience that has them feeling safe and happy after they leave their appointment. Sedation dentistry is also appropriate for those who have difficulty getting numb, have a bad gag reflex or have a fear of needles. It is also ideal for our dentist to perform multiple dental treatments during one visit while the patient is under sedation. Most patients have little to no memory of their visit afterwards, and years of neglect can be handled in just one dentist visit.