Conscious Dental Sedation Now Available at The Gentle Dentist, Collegeville and Trappe, PA
The Best Dental Sedation Options For You
Dr. Geetha Srinivasan is among a select group of dentists certified by the state of Pennsylvania Board of Dentistry to administer Conscious IV dental sedation. This light sedation is ideal for patients who have fear of dental procedures or experience anxiety at the dentist. The Gentle Dentist team works with you to choose the best pain management option for your dental treatment, based on your health and dental needs. We offer safe, effective pain management in a caring environment.
From root canals and dental implants, to easing dental fears, we strive to provide the best pain management available. Please call our office at (610) 489-9005 for more information.
Member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Understanding Dental Sedation
As a guide, here is a general overview of the types of sedation commonly used for dental procedures. We are licensed to perform mild and moderate sedation. When deep sedation is necessary, we work closely with our anesthesiology and medical partners to coordinate your care.
Mild Sedation — Anxiolysis is the lightest form of sedation dentistry and is often used for patients with mild anxiety, longer procedures, or more complex situations. Mild sedation is usually administered orally. You remain awake or very sleepy throughout the entire procedure and are able to breathe on your own, but you will feel a great sense of relaxation. Patients typically recover from anxiolysis sedation within a few hours after the procedure is complete. Nitrous oxide inhalation (laughing gas) is another form of mild to moderate sedation that results in relaxation during treatment.
Moderate Sedation — Also referred to as Conscious Sedation or IV Sedation, moderate sedation is used for patients with moderate dental anxiety and for patients who need longer or more complex procedures. With conscious sedation, you will remain awake throughout your procedure, but will be in a deep state of relaxation. It is recommended that patients who receive conscious sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.
Deep Sedation — Patients receiving deep sedation go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their dental procedure. Patients often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands even if they are awake at times during the procedure. It is recommended that patients who receive deep sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off and driving may be unsafe.