Sedation Dentistry

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Your Gentle Maine Sedation Dentist

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Finding a dentist in Fairfield who consistently prioritizes your comfort should not be difficult. At Kennebec Valley Dental Arts, we offer comprehensive dental care, including different sedation options to maximize your comfort.

We are proud to protect the smiles and the peace of mind of the residents of Fairfield and the surrounding areas. You can trust that we will carefully review the best sedation option for you or your loved ones before making a recommendation.

You deserve to feel relaxed and comfortable when you visit the dentist, and our team can help you enjoy a positive experience every time you visit us. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves using various forms of sedation to create a peaceful and relaxed state of mind when you visit the dentist. Many people suffer from dental anxiety or fear, regardless of age, which is why there are sedation options available for nearly every age group.

Our dental practice in Fairfield offers nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation to alleviate anxiety when you visit our office. Certain forms of sedation are only necessary for dental procedures or surgeries, but nitrous oxide is the most commonly used.

Do I Need Sedation Dentistry?

Using sedation during dental treatment is popular because it helps you remain calm and relaxed during your visit. Many people use one of our sedation options based on their personal level of comfort and the procedure they have scheduled.

If you suffer from a fear of dentists or dental procedures, then sedation is a helpful tool to create a relaxing visit. When you need a dental treatment such as a filling or a procedure like dental implants, then our sedation options can maximize your comfort and keep you out of pain.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

When you or your little one suffers from anxiety, visiting the dentist can feel like an ordeal. We offer nitrous oxide to all ages because it is a light form of sedation that alleviates fear and helps you to feel calm and safe during your visit. Nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) also has little to no side effects and wears off within minutes of removing the mask the laughing gas is administered through. It does not affect your coordination, and you can safely drive yourself home after receiving this sedation option.

Oral Sedation

We offer oral sedation for those who need a deeper sedation option than nitrous oxide. This sedation consists of a pill that is taken before your dental procedure. It deeply relaxes you, and you may even fall asleep during your dental treatment. This is a popular option for those who don't want to be fully awake during their procedure but don't want to go as far as IV sedation.

Oral sedation takes longer to wear off, so you will need to coordinate with a friend or family member to drive you home after the procedure.

IV Sedation

Our compassionate team offers IV sedation for those who are undergoing a complex dental treatment. We make this option available to our patients who are 12 years old through adults and seniors. Our team reviews your information to determine if this is a good option for you, and we carefully monitor you throughout the procedure to ensure that the sedation is working properly and your body is responding to it appropriately.

This is option is effective for those who want to sleep through their dental treatment. However, you will need to set up a ride home with a friend or family member because the effects take longer to wear off. Our team will provide instructions and tips for handling the effects of IV sedation.

Dental Sedation FAQs

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We believe that open and honest dialogue is part of quality dental care. That is why we encourage you to ask questions and voice your concerns. Our team is happy to provide the answers and information you need to select the sedation option you feel most confident in. Here are some of the most common questions we receive about sedation dentistry.

Does sedation dentistry make you sick?
No. We carefully check your medical records, including allergies, to determine which sedation option is safe for you.

Is dental sedation safe?
Yes. We only offer sedation options that are safe and effective. We ask questions and actively listen to you before recommending any form of sedation.

My child is afraid of the dentist. Can sedation dentistry help?
Yes. Many children suffer from anxiety and fear of medical professionals, including dentists. Our pediatric dentist takes the time to get to know your child and earn their trust. However, when they still feel anxious, we offer nitrous oxide to help them feel safe and calm.

Soothing Sedation for Dental Treatments in Fairfield

Your peace of mind is important. At Kennebec Valley Dental Arts, we offer nitrous oxide, and oral, and IV sedation to safeguard your peace and maximize your comfort. You can rely on our friendly team to make your sense of tranquility a priority, regardless of the treatment you receive. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.



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