A Brief History of Sedation Dentistry

Going to the dentist has been a great source of fear for many people. However, thanks to the invention of sedation dentistry, that is all beginning to change. Apprehensive patients can now relax during their dental procedures rather than worry and feel a constant sense of discomfort. Here at Back Mountain Dental, we offer a unique kind of sedation dentistry called IV sedation. But first, allow Dr. DeFinnis to provide you with a brief history of how this unique form of dentistry began.

The Beginning of Sedation Dentistry

In 1846, a dentist by the name of William T.G. Morton gave a sulfur-ether compound to a patient about to have oral surgery. The surgery was then performed by Dr. John Warren, with the patient experiencing minimal pain because of the pre-administered drug. This event occurred at Harvard University and serves as the origin for anesthetic dentistry.

How Sedation Dentistry has Evolved

Today, sedation dentistry comes in many forms, including nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” and oral pills. No matter the form, the goal is always the same: to put the patient at ease. As mentioned earlier, we here at Back Mountain Dental employ a unique type of sedation dentistry called IV sedation. With this method, our patients are closely monitored throughout the procedure, and the amount of medication they receive can be easily adjusted by the doctor. Best of all, the patients wake up with little to no memory of the procedure–just a relaxed feeling and no more dread at the thought of going to the dentist. Just remember that, if you choose sedation dentistry, you must have someone drive you to and from your appointment.

If you feel that sedation dentistry is the right choice for you, schedule an appointment with Back Mountain Dental by calling (570) 763-4360. Our dental office treats patients from Wilkes Barre, Trucksville, and the neighboring communities.

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