Published: 01/28/2020

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is when pharmacological compounds are combined and used before dental procedures to keep your stabilized and relaxed during their treatment. This relaxation method is known to improve patient satisfaction, help control gag reflexes, help with patient compliance during procedures along with a host of other benefits. Who is a candidate for dental sedation?

Now, I know what your thinking, what types of dental services use this course of treatment most frequently? Well, if you’d like to know more about dental sedation, here’s some brief information on this service option that Dr. Thomas Layton offers at Layton Dentistry.  

Types of Sedation 

Sedation in the field of dentistry can be administered in a number of ways and there are several different types. They range from mild sedation, where you’re conscious but calm, to general anesthesia where you’re unaware and unconscious. Your dentist will prescribe the right level of sedation for you, depending on the type of procedure you are having and your general level of anxiety.

When Is Sedation Appropriate? 

While it’s pretty obvious that you want to be thoroughly sedated for surgical procedures, there are other occasions when dentistry could help you. Sedation dentistry can help people who:

  • have a bad gag reflex.
  • have a low pain threshold.
  • have very sensitive teeth.

Essentially, any condition that makes it hard for you to go through a dental procedure, like nervousness, classifies you as a candidate for dental sedation. Medical history will also play a part in determining if sedation dentistry is a good fit for you. 

Important Medical Factors 

There are some pre-existing medical conditions that can make going under anesthesia a lot riskier and at times problematic. Before applying the medication your dentist will inquire about your medical conditions to ensure dental sedation is healthy for you. An example of this if you have obstructive airways to cause sleep apnea, this condition can lead to complications if anesthesia is applied.


Sedation dentistry has helped people retain confidence and security in their dental appointments. Sedation dentistry can be the remedy for anyone who is worried about dental appointments or has trouble waiting through an entire examination. 

For more information on our sedation options, contact our office in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Layton will be more than happy to help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you. 


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