Sedation Dentistry
in Knoxville, TN

A common fear amongst children and adults alike is going to the dentist. Sitting in a massive chair, blinded by a bright light, and enduring poking and prodding by unusual instruments. Who wouldn’t feel a little nervous?

Although many of us have experienced some dental fear or anxiety, it doesn’t have to be that way, and dental appointments are now a place to unwind and relax. At Pristine Smiles in Knoxville, Dr. Z offers oral conscious sedation dentistry to help patients experience worry and pain-free dentistry without needing needles.

Benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedation involves prescription medication administered through a liquid or pill taken as instructed before the dental appointment. Even though you should be able to respond to simple commands and breath, you might feel drowsy. (Hence, the nickname sleep dentistry.)

Some patients appreciate this style of sedation for basic dental procedures (like dental fillings) because they are still in control of their bodies but might experience slight amnesia of the process. Plus, there isn’t a need for needles or breathing tubes—which makes this dental sedation process relatively comfortable.

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

Walking into the dentist’s office can feel overwhelming or unsettling for some. Though our Pristine Smiles takes every measure to ensure top-tier safety and care, we want you to feel comfortable.

Sedation dentistry serves as a brief mental escape and can benefit those with dental phobia, anxiety, a severe gag reflex, behavioral issues, or extensive treatment.

Drawbacks of Oral Conscious Sedation

Although sedation dentistry is typically safe when prescribed and administered correctly, there are potential short-term risks. For instance, patients might feel lingering drowsiness, dry mouth, or nausea after administration.

Also, oral sedation medications are sometimes hard to predict. So, please be transparent with Dr. Z about your allergies, current medications, and health history. While we keep drugs on hand to counteract these issues, we prefer avoiding them. Also, if you are pregnant, oral sedation is likely not the best route for you—but Dr. Zaveri will be able to discuss other alternatives.

Take the Edge Off & Meet with the Best Sedation Dentist Near Me

Oral health needs are often overlooked, but Dr. Z and her Pristine Smiles team can elevate your oral health and keep you relaxed with dental sedation. Take your first step to a better smile and schedule a sleep dentistry session in Knoxville, TN. Call (865) 693-9474 or message us online.