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Sedation Dentistry in Novi, Michigan


Every type of sedation that we offer at Briar Pointe Dentistry has its own benefits and also has its own requirements when it comes to your preparation and recovery. Our IV sedation dentists and the Briar Pointe Dentistry team have prepared the answers to common dental sedation questions in Novi, Michigan. Please contact our office at 248-347-0030 if you have further questions and would like to meet with Dr. Neil Blavin or Dr. Rikki Blavin.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to any dental treatment performed after or while sedative medications have been administered
Many patients experience dental anxiety or phobia, and there are a number of sedative medications designed to help these patients relax while receiving treatment. Sedation dentistry refers to dental treatments that are performed using one of these medications. For patients who are nervous about their upcoming appointment or have had bad dental experiences in the past, we are happy to see you for a consultation and help you decide which sedation dentistry option is right for your specific needs.

Why choose sedation dentistry?

There are many reasons sedation dentistry might be beneficial, especially for patients who:

  • Experience dental fear or anxiety
  • Have had past traumatic dental experiences
  • Have difficulty becoming numb
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have extremely sensitive teeth or gums
  • Have a fear of needles
  • Are uncomfortable with the smells, sounds or tastes associated with dental care
  • Have complex dental needs or multiple treatments planned for a single visit

Is sedation dentistry painful?

Like any dental treatment, our team will do everything we can to ensure you safety and comfort throughout, and you should not experience any pain or discomfort during your appointment. Topical anesthetic is often used along with sedation medication to numb the affected area and help you feel comfortable during and after treatment.

Will I remember anything about my treatment?

Our team offers multiple different options for conscious sedation, meaning you will be conscious during treatment and able to respond to your surroundings. You are unlikely to remember details of your visit, however, and many patients report feeling as if they slept through the treatment and have little to no memory of their appointment.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Our dentists will not recommend sedation dentistry until they have reviewed your medical history and helped you decide which sedation option is most appropriate for the situation. Sedation dentistry is very safe, and our team takes extra precautions to monitor you throughout to help avoid any complications.

What types of sedation are available?

At our office, we offer the following types of dental anesthesia:

What is “conscious sedation”?

Conscious sedation refers to sedation options that allow you to stay conscious and responsive throughout treatment. Instead of putting patients to sleep, these medications help patients relax and may induce a euphoric or floating sensation. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation and IV sedation are all forms of conscious sedation.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is a self-administered sedation medication that is taken in pill form before coming to our office. You can learn more about oral sedation here.

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a conscious sedation administered through a face mask at our office. Also known as laughing gas, this inhaled medication helps you feel relaxed throughout treatment. You can learn more about nitrous oxide here.

What is IV sedation?

IV (intravenous) sedation is a conscious sedation medication administered directly to your bloodstream through the veins. You can learn more about IV sedation here.

What is general anesthesia?

General anesthesia, also known as hospital sedation, is a sedation medication that will put patients completely to sleep during their treatment. It is especially helpful for patients receiving extensive care, patients who suffer from severe dental anxiety or patients with special needs who have difficulty understanding or following directions during treatment. You can learn more about general anesthesia here.

Can children receive sedation dentistry?

Yes. Sedation is especially helpful for children who are anxious or fearful of dentists or who have difficulty understanding or following directions from dental professionals. Sedation dentistry can help them feel more relaxed at the dental office so they can receive the care they need to keep their smile healthy. There are multiple options for sedation dentistry, and our dentists will discuss your child’s specific needs and medical history with you before making any recommendations. We will also watch your child closely throughout treatment to ensure their comfort and safety.

Does sedation dentistry cure dental anxiety?

Sedation dentistry is a temporary coping mechanism for patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia to ensure their dental health needs are met, but it is not a long-term solution or cure. Many patients do find that their anxiety lessens after multiple positive, worry-free experiences at the dental office, however. For more information or advice on how to manage dental fear, feel free to reach out to our office. We are always happy to help.

To learn more about sedation dentistry in Novi, Michigan, and the surrounding areas of Wixom, Salem, Worden, Farmington, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, call or visit our office today. We look forward to meeting you!