How We Help
For many people, going to the dentist can be an intimidating and frightening experience. Some even forgo dental procedures altogether because of fear. Regrettably, this can lead to large cosmetic and oral health issues. Such feelings and emotions often originate from childhood, becoming a learned event. Everything from smells, sights, sounds or thoughts of the dental setting can cause extreme levels of fear and anxiety to surface.
At the Griffith Collaborative Group, we are now able to provide options for the anxiety-ridden to help them have a positive, pain-free dental experience. We believe in an in-depth approach to manage those fears and anxieties. Our techniques not only allow patients to become at ease and achieve comfort during procedures, but also to master their feelings of apprehension. A smile you have dreamed about and the dental health you know you need, become possible.
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
At the Griffith Collaborative Group, we administer these types of sedation. However, we specialize in IV sedation, which allows a patient to be calm and drowsy while still remaining in control. IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation and allows the patient to not recall much of the appointment, appearing as if you are “sleeping” through the procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer the IV and will be by your side from beginning to end, to monitor your health and safety.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, we will walk you through the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.