For a Comfortable, Soothing Dental Visit

If you have a fear of going to the dentist, you may put off treating tooth pain and other dental problems. Rather than avoiding the dentist, see Dr. Jeff S. Luffey, DDS, an Albuquerque sedation dentist. Sedation dentistry allows you to get through your appointment in a relaxed state, providing a comfortable experience without any fear.

If you avoid going to the dentist due to fear, you are in good company: 30% of the population avoids going the dentist due to fear, according to a study by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS). Avoiding the dentist has a negative affect on your oral and overall health as common problems like tooth pain or gum disease go untreated, causing bigger dental health issues.

With sedation dentistry, you don’t have to put off important dental care any longer. Whether you need a root canal, tooth scaling and root planing or restorative dental treatments, you’ll enjoy a comfortable dental experience while you receive advanced dental care by Dr. Luffey, a gentle sedation dentist.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is the most common technique to relax patient fears about going to the dentist. Sedation dentistry is simple, painless and does not require any needles. The technique offers so much comfort that many patients do not remember the visit and feel as though they slept through their dental treatment. This is not IV sedation. You’ll still maintain a level of consciousness—that’s why the technique is referred to as conscious sedation.

Being under sedation will help you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your dental treatment. Extremely low dose oral medications provide for a relaxing night’s sleep before your appointment. Please note that you may require the use of local anesthetic injected in the mouth for treatments like root canals. However with help from our gentle sedation denstist, you’ll remain comfortable throughout your dental treatment, without fear or pain.

Benefits of Conscious Sedation

Under conscious sedation, many patients feel that their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, even if it takes hours to perform. This not only lends a more comfortable experience at our Albuquerque dentist’s office—it also allows Dr. Luffey to perform more procedures in fewer appointments. With sedation dentistry, Dr. Luffey can perform complex dental procedures in fewer appointments.

Are You a Candidate for Conscious Sedation?

While fear of going to the dentist is among the biggest reasons patients choose sedation dentistry, conscious sedation has benefits to a variety of problems people have during dental appointments. If you experience any of the following, you may be a candidate for conscious sedation:

  • Acute or chronic jaw soreness—Sedation medication relaxes the muscles, allowing our cosmetic dentist to perform extensive treatment in just one office visit.
  • Physical limitations, back or neck problems—Sedation medication helps patients with chronic back or neck problems sit comfortably through lengthy dental procedures.
  • Sensitive gag reflex—Sedation medication allows patients who experience a gag reflex during dental appointments to have periodontal, restorative and cosmetic dental treatments performed, sometimes in the same appointment.
  • Numbness—Some patients become numb, an effect observed thousands of times, according to DOCS. Sedation dentistry has proven to be an effective treatment.

Dr. Luffey is an Albuquerque family dentist committed to providing you with a safe, comfortable dental appointment. Whether you need restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, there’s no reason to put off important dental care any longer. Request a dental appointment online or call (505) 294-4700 today!