Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Fears about going to the dentist are very common, but you shouldn’t let them stop you from getting the procedures you need. At Total Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, dentists Harold Marcus, DDS, Joni Marcus, DMD, and the skilled dental team offer two forms of sedation dentistry to help you tolerate your procedure -- whether it’s standard or complex. To ask about sedation for your next treatment, call Total Dental Care today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is a practice that can ease your anxiety and fears about getting dental work, even routine procedures that you know are harmless. The many sensations that you can experience in the dentist’s chair can make you feel tense, uneasy, or even extremely afraid of sitting through a cleaning or an operation. 

These feelings can stop you from getting necessary dental work for months or years at a time. Even if you know that your procedure is important, you might avoid going to the dentist at all costs. This can cause even more oral health issues that will eventually need treatment.  

When should I consider sedation for my dental appointment?

The need for sedation dentistry goes beyond general anxiety about going to the dentist. There are a number of reasons why people of all ages request sedation for their dental work. You may wish to use sedation for your next procedure if:

  • You need a lengthy or time-consuming treatment
  • Your treatment is surgical
  • You can’t sit still
  • You have a severe phobia about the dentist
  • You’re a special needs patient

The team at Total Dental Care cares about your comfort and strives to provide an accommodating experience for you, no matter what kind of work you need. They find the right form of sedation to keep you comfortable and help you tolerate the unusual sensations of having a tooth repaired, extracted, or treated.

What are my options for sedation dentistry?

If you request sedation at Total Dental Care, you have two main options. Your dentist helps you select the appropriate type for your specific treatment and your personal needs and preferences. They may offer you:

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

Nitrous oxide is a light sedative that you inhale in the form of gas shortly before your dental procedure. You’ll stay fully conscious, but you won’t feel so anxious or worried about what’s happening around you. It wears off fast enough that you can safely drive yourself to and from the office. 

Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation, or moderate sedation, comes in the form of a pill and is a bit deeper than sedation with laughing gas. You’ll still be awake for your whole procedure, but you’ll feel drowsy and might fall into a light sleep. You must arrange for a ride home from the office after getting conscious sedation. 

To discuss sedation options for your next visit to the dentist, call Total Dental Care to book an appointment today.