Sedation Dentistry Specialist

Varinos Dental Associates

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Newburyport, Peabody, Haverhill, & Winthrop, MA

Millions of Americans suffer from dental anxiety, a common condition that prevents them from going to the dentist for regular preventive oral health care like cleanings and exams. At Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport in Newburyport, Peabody, Haverhill, and Winthrop, Massachusetts, Frank Varinos, DDS, Jemin Kim, DMD, and the team offer sedation dentistry to help patients feel comfortable and at ease. If you’ve been putting off your dental health care due to anxiety, call your nearest office or click the online booking tool to make an appointment today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What type of sedation dentistry do you provide?

At Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport, the team offers conscious sedation dentistry using oral prescription medications. 

All of the dentists on staff have extensive experience using this type of treatment and have helped thousands of patients access the oral health care they desperately need without fear, discomfort, or anxiety.

 

What are the benefits of oral sedation dentistry?

Oral sedation dentistry presents a wide array of benefits compared to other sedation dentistry methods. For one, there aren’t any needles or intravenous tubes involved. Many people with dental phobias also fear needles. Oral sedation only requires that you swallow a pill.

In addition, oral sedation is safe and well-tolerated. It also allows your dentist to work on you for a longer period of time, meaning you don’t have to undergo several treatments. 

Last but not least, oral sedatives stay in your system for hours after your appointment, so you’re less likely to experience pain or discomfort after treatment.

 

How does oral sedation dentistry work?

The night before your sedation dentistry appointment, you pick up your prescription at a local pharmacy and take your first set of pills. 

When you wake up the next morning, you take another pill before visiting the offices of Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport. Shortly after you arrive at the office, your medication kicks in, allowing you to relax and feel comfortable.

The medication prevents anxiety ensuring you don’t remember any sounds, smells, or other factors about the experience. Following treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of the procedure.

 

Will I fall asleep during sedation dentistry?

No. During oral sedation dentistry, you’ll feel relaxed, at ease, and maybe even a little groggy. However, you’re still aware of your surroundings and able to answer your dentist’s questions. 

If they need you to turn your head or open your mouth wider, you’re also able to follow their instructions.

 

Can I drive home after sedation dentistry?

No. After your sedation dentistry appointment is done, you’ll still be under the influence of the medication. So it’s important you have someone on hand to drive you home.

If you’ve been putting off regular trips to the dentist due to fear or anxiety, you’re likely a candidate for oral sedation. Make an appointment at Varinos Dental Associates of Newburyport by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online booking tool today.