We use a number of effective techniques to make your dental experience a calm and relaxing one, and conscious sedation is a a preferred alternative for those who are nervous about dental care or those who want to have multiple dental procedures accomplished in one visit. You don’t find this approach everywhere, because it requires special attention and equipment– it’s one of the things that makes The Smile Center unique.

If any of the following issues are a concern for you, then this approach may be helpful:

  • Dental Anxiety
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Very Sensitive Teeth
  • Extensive Dental Needs
  • No need to be intimidated by going to the dentist any longer.

Taking the Fear out of Dental Visits

For those who know that a local anesthetic won’t be enough to make their visit comfortable, conscious sedation provides a state of relaxation that is deeper, but still allows you to stay awake during the procedure. With this approach, you won’t feel any pain, and you’ll be able to respond to your dentist’s questions and commands. Since communication is important in the dentist-patient relationship, conscious sedation is an excellent option for those who have a little extra anxiety about dental work.

Conscious sedation is often called “sleep dentistry,” this is a term that can be misleading, since you are conscious rather than asleep while the dental work is completed.  The relaxing feeling that the sedation provides has the same effect as a calming sleep, but you can still respond to questions and verbal queues.

Facilities Designed for Conscious Sedation

At the Fredericksburg Smile Center we have a room designed especially for conscious sedation. Our qualified professionals use this room to provide several different types of sedatives and you can be confident that we maintain this important part of our practice with both high standards and your comfort in mind.

Many of our patients have discovered that Conscious sedation allows them to maintain their commute schedule and schedule more than one procedure at a time, without a sense of anxiety.  Those who have avoided the dentist altogether find this approach allows them to keep their regular care schedule with putting it off due to concerns about how nervous they might feel about the visit.

With conscious sedation at the Smile Center, you’ll be surprised just how relaxing a visit to the dentist can be.


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