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Sedation Dentistry in Louisville, Kentucky

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What is Sedation Dentistry?

This is a practice sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, although that's not entirely accurate. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help reduce anxiety or nervousness. This allows patients to relax and relieve some of the fear they anticipate. Sedation can be used for a variety of different procedures from cleanings to root canals. If this is something you are considering, we can answer any other questions.

Is Sedation Dentistry for Your Child?

Does your child throw a fit of fear when you mention coming to the dentist? Maybe you have a child with a low pain threshold or who simply cannot sit still in a dentist chair. If that's the case, they are a prime candidate for sedation. With Dr. William E. Kemper, DMD Pediatric Dentistry, you have a way to get your child taken care of without pulling your own hair out. To understand more regarding benefits, call our office today.

Degrees of sedation

Just as there are varying levels of fear and anxiety, your child might require a different level of sedation. Minimal sedation keeps people awake but relaxed. Moderate sedation will probably have your child slurring their words. This is commonly associated with removing wisdom teeth. Deep sedation is considered to be the edge of consciousness, but the child still can be awakened easily, whereas general anesthesia makes a person completely unconscious. Talk to us about which level will be the best fit for your child.

Sedation Safety

When it comes to anesthesia, there is always a risk. However, we are highly experienced and have performed many sedation procedures before. To ensure safety, we will go over your child's medical history and ask if your child is healthy. Our staff will determine the appropriate dosage based on your child's age and overall health. Once we've done that, we will walk you through the procedure, so you and your child always know exactly what to expect.