Posts Tagged ‘Sedation Dentistry’

Should You Choose Sedation Dentistry?

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
A woman is sedated at the dentist.

Sedation dentistry can help relax patients who are overwhelmingly anxious about dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry refers to a dentist administering a drug to a patient before or during their dental procedure to enhance relaxation. Many people prefer sedation dentistry, mainly if they are prone to nervousness before dental procedures. While the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates take care to make our offices as relaxing and supportive as possible, we understand that dental procedures can cause a lot of anxiety in a patient. Because of that, we offer sedation dentistry for our patients. If you are considering sedation during your next appointment, read on to learn more about how this sedation works and whether it may be the best choice for your needs.  (more…)

What Does Laughing Gas Do To A Dental Patient?

Friday, July 19th, 2019
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Learn what laughing gas is and what it does to a dental patient.

While most of your dental visits will be a simple checkup, there may come a time when you need a dental procedure. Some procedures require laughing gas to be administered, which is an effective and safe sedative. If you’re curious about laughing gas and what it does to a dental patient, continue reading! (more…)

3 Common Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Friday, May 4th, 2018
Learn about three common causes of tooth sensitivity.

Learn about three common causes of tooth sensitivity.

Tooth sensitivity is very common for people of all ages, but there are a few causes of tender teeth. The good news is that tooth sensitivity is treatable, so be sure to visit your dentist if you experience sensitivity and discomfort when eating or drinking. From brushing too hard to grinding teeth, here are three common causes of tooth sensitivity. (more…)

What To Do Before And After Your Root Canal

Friday, December 1st, 2017
Continue read for tips on root canal preparation and aftercare to ensure you procedure goes as smoothly as possible.

Continue reading for tips on root canal preparation and aftercare to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible.

Root canals aren’t as scary as you may initially think, but they do require some preparation and aftercare. There are a few things you can do for the days leading up to your root canal appointment that will make the procedure go smoothly, as well as essential aftercare to ensure the tooth heals properly. (more…)

Understanding Dental Anxiety and Phobia

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Avoiding the dentist based on fear or anxiety is not wise for your oral health. Don't worry, we can help you calm your nerves.

Avoiding the dentist based on fear or anxiety is not wise for your oral health. Don’t worry, we can help you calm your nerves.

Have you ever heard of someone being afraid to go to the dentist? Of course you have, because a fear of the dentist is incredibly common among both children and adults. In fact, if you are reading this there is a good chance that you are that someone. Don’t fret, you aren’t alone. Affinity Dental is here to help you understand the reasoning behind dental anxiety and phobia and address how to ease your worries. (more…)

Can you Benefit from Sedation Dentistry?

Monday, May 25th, 2015


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Do you think sedation dentistry is right for you?

Sedation Dentistry is a fancy term for help with relaxation in the dentist’s chair. Did you know that there are a lot of people who avoid the dentist even in the event of an emergency? Their fear keeps them from getting the help they need, which only leads to further damage to their teeth. With sedation dentistry these people can get the oral care they need without panicking or experiencing a great deal of pain. Today we’re going to talk about your options for sedation dentistry and who can benefit from it. Ready to learn more? Here we go! (more…)

History of Sedation Dentistry

Monday, January 26th, 2015

sedation dentistryThe idea of having a root canal or serious oral surgery and being able to see the tools going in and out of your mouth may not seem like the most appealing idea. Fortunately, we can offer tools such as sedation dentistry to help alleviate any anxiety or discomfort you may experience throughout a dental procedure.

Sedation dentistry has a bit of a colorful history – and one that largely takes place in Boston. In 1845, a Connecticut dentist named Horace Wells opted to use nitrous oxide to remove an aching tooth. With a successful initial attempt, he decided to conduct the same experiment in Boston. Except this time, he withdrew the bag too soon, and the patient ended up feeling pain and discomfort – the complete reverse experience of what sedation dentistry is about.

Fortunately for today’s dentists, the experiment did not end there. A year later, in 1846, dentist William T.G. Morton conducted the same experiment using ether this time instead of nitrous oxide. The oral surgery procedure went smoothly, the patient experienced no pain, and the experiment was considered to be a great success. The word anesthesia itself comes from this particular discovery – Morton corresponded with the famous physician, professor, and author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and he coined the word to describe the state induced by ether. Morton’s use of ether launched the use of anesthetics in surgery, and you can actually visit a monument to ether in the Boston Public Garden.

Today’s dentists owe a great deal to Horace Wells and William T.G. Morton. While Wells’ use of nitrous oxide had a poor showing in the surgery theater, it was a compelling enough product to inspire further research. Today’s dentists will often use nitrous oxide in sedation dentistry, as it is safe and simple to use, partners well with other drugs and gasses, and makes for a more pleasant experience as it often induces laughter – hence why it is known also as laughing gas. Alternatively, dentists can offer other forms of oral sedation to help their patients feel more comfortable throughout the process.

If you have an upcoming oral surgery and are nervous or anxious about the procedure, talk to your dentist about what forms of sedation dentistry they can provide. Our team at Affinity Dental is experienced and highly personable, and will work with you to ensure that any procedure you have is with the utmost comfort. Give us a call today at 410-719-7900 or visit our website.

Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

It’s a fairly common thing to feel anxiety about visiting the dentist. Almost every patient, at one point or another, can feel nervous about a procedure and have to talk it out with their dentist to be reassured that everything will be fine (which it will!). But for those who feel their anxiety is interfering with their ability to go through with dental procedures, or even routine check-ups, sedation dentistry could potentially be the key to helping you overcome your fears.

Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as relaxation dentistry, is primarily suggested to patients who feel more than a typical amount of anxiety or nerves about sitting down in the dentist’s chair. There are varying degree of sedation dentistry that you can opt for: while lighter sedation methods can be used for those undergoing a brief procedure, you can also choose to undergo heavier sedation if the procedure will take longer, or if you are particularly anxious.

“Laughing gas,” or nitrous oxide as it is more officially known, is commonly used in sedation dentistry. Laughing gas can help a patient feel more relaxed going into a procedure, and is even appropriate to use during some forms of oral surgery. One of the benefits of laughing gas is that though you will technically be “sedated” when you use it, you will also remember the procedure. That way, you can know exactly what happened and how your dentist performed the procedure, and the positive feelings associated with the laughing gas could come to be associated with the dental work itself. This could put you on the right track to overcoming your dentist-anxiety once and for all.

Sedation dentistry can be accomplished with other things as well. In addition to laughing gas, dentists can use anti-anxiety pills and liquid medications if that is your preferred method, and they can also us intravenous sedation for those patients who do not wish to remember the dental procedure or oral surgery at all. No matter which method you select, sedation dentistry may be the help you need for your next trip to the dentist.

Do you have questions about whether sedation dentistry is right for you? Call Affinity Dental today!

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At Affinity Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care that they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. If you have and questions concerning sedation dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our homepage.



What is Sedation Dentistry?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Sedation DentistryA lot of people get uncomfortable when it’s time to go to the dentist. Anticipating pain, lack of anesthetic, and general fear of a dentist office can cause even the most basic dentistry to be an ordeal. When this happens, you want the best dentist possible to help you by providing sedation dentistry in a safe manner. Before receiving sedation dentistry, you’ll discuss with your dentist the best type of sedation for you. There are a few different types of sedation and anesthetics.


  • Topical – This is a simple numbing solution put on the skin or near the tooth to help you not feel the most basic pain. This is good for cleanings, but not for anything much more serious than that.
  • Local – Local anesthesia is given by injection near the site of where the work is being done. This is generally used for extractions or fillings to ease any pain or discomfort.
  • Laughing gas – Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, reduces fear and anxiety to make the dentistry process a little more comfortable and enjoyable. It’s not so strong that you can’t drive yourself home afterwards, but it’s strong enough to keep you comfortable during your procedure.


  • Oral – Taken by mouth, these pills can help you relax during your procedure and forget much of it afterwards. The less you remember about the procedure (if you find it uncomfortable), the easier it will be to visit the dentist next time.
  • Intramuscular – For those who won’t tolerate oral or IV sedation, an intramuscular shot may be the way to go. These have the same effects as oral, but are easier for people who don’t want to swallow pills.
  • Intravenous – This is one of the best ways to receive sedation, since the whole experience can be tailored directly to a patient’s needs throughout the procedure. You may sleep or simply be in a twilight state throughout and have very little memory of the procedure at the end.

If you receive sedation dentistry at Affinity Dental, rest assured that you’re getting the best care possible. We’ll discuss all of your options with you carefully before administering them and prepare you for any side effects.

At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accomodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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