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Oral Sedation Park City, UT

Do you experience high levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist? You may be a candidate for Sedation Dentistry. Dr. Paul Peterson is licensed to administer oral conscious sedation, commonly referred to as “Sleep Dentistry.

What Are the Benefits of Oral Sedation for Dental Procedures?

Advantages to patients include:

  • Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed mood.
  • You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
  • Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.

What Our Patients Have to Say

“I have had the best experience with Paul Peterson and his hygienist. They have the latest technology to provide you the best care and solutions for all of your dental needs. I was not rushed through my appointment and was given ample time for them to complete my procedure. They were very thorough and helpful with my diagnosis and gave me several options to resolve my issue. I would highly recommend this dental practitioner.”

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Oral Sedation Park City, UT

Anti-Anxiety Pills

The most commonly prescribed dental-related drugs that treat anxiety belong to the “benzodiazepine” family. Drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. These drugs decrease anxiety by binding and toning down activity within “fear” receptors in the brain.

There are two different types of Benzodiazepines:

  • Sedative-Hypnotics: These drugs induce calm, including drowsiness and even sleep. This sleep state is actually a form of hypnosis which is a form of physiological sleep.
  • Anti-Anxiety Drugs: These are drugs that relieve anxiety and induce a state of calm and relaxation.

What are Benzodiazepines?

While benzodiazepines act as sedatives AND anti-anxiety drugs, some are highly targeted at areas within the brain that focus on sleep. Others act in a more specific way and target fear centers in the brain. In most cases, higher doses act as sedatives and induce sleep, while in lower doses, they reduce anxiety without sedation.

Benzodiazepines are also Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants (i.e. there can be a decline in blood pressure and breathing). It is important to note that they shouldn’t be mixed with other CNS depressants such as alcohol. It’s important that you utilize the dose your dentist or doctor recommends. It is possible to overdose, and overdoses could lower your breathing to dangerously low levels, which could result in coma or death.

Please note that you shouldn’t travel on your own after you’ve taken any of these drugs. Make sure you have an escort, even if you traveled by bus or foot! It’s easy to become disorientated.

Who is not a Candidate for Benzodiazepines?

Some of these drugs can affect your liver and heart. It’s important to check with your practitioner and/or pharmacist. You should be sure to inform your doctor or dentist if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses, chronic bronchitis and some other conditions. It’s also important to let us know if you are taking other medications. There could be possible drug interactions.


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Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry proudly provides Park City, Salt Lake City, Duchesne, Vernal, Midway, Heber UT, and the surrounding areas with comprehensive sedation dental services. Call today for your consultation at (435) 503-8841 or complete a Contact Form here!

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