At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, we are committed to making your dental appointments as comfortable and anxiety free as possible. For our patients that have dental fears or phobias, and for patients requiring longer more complex procedures that might last several hours, we offer a safe, easy way to relax through your appointments.
Known as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, oral medications are administered in pill form prior to your appointment, leaving you alert and able to respond to questions while feeling calm with the emotional anxiety and stress caused by your dental phobia greatly reduced. A member of the DOCS Sedation Care network, Dr. Jill Smith’s practice provides oral conscious sedation, relaxation techniques and nitrous oxide and has received certifications and training as well as facility licenses and permits to provide this wonderful service to Dental Health and Wellness Boston patients.
Before sedation care is recommended, Dr. Smith extensively reviews existing medical conditions and medications of each patient. Once cleared for sedation care, we recommend the following preparation and post-visit steps:
1. Avoid eating or drinking for six hours prior to your appointment
2. Arrange transportation from a friend, family member, companion etc. to escort you to and from treatment
3. Once you return home from treatment, take the day off to rest; for shorter appointments, Dr. Smith may only recommend taking a half-day off
4. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24 hours
5. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of liquids
Our patients have been thrilled with their experiences with sedation dentistry. Many have commented how short their visit seemed, and how comfortable the process was, and that they would definitely do it again if the need arose. If you are one of the nearly 40 million American suffering from a dental phobia, Dental Health and Wellness Boston is here to help. Contact us today to make and appointment with Dr. Jill Smith to learn more about our sedation dentistry options and how we can bring you the dental care you need while minimizing your anxiety.