Sedation Dentistry

Dental Health Connection

Randall W. Smith, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics Specialist located in Burlington, MA

If the mere thought of climbing into the dental chair makes you feel nervous or scared, you aren’t alone — dental-related anxiety keeps an estimated 20 million Americans from going to the dentist every year. At Dental Health Connection: Randall W. Smith, DDS, the experienced team offers drug-free sedation to help anxious patients of all ages feel calm and comfortable during dental procedures. To learn more, call Dr. Smith at his Burlington, Massachusetts, office or schedule an appointment online today.

Sedation Dentistry Q & A

What is sedation dentistry?

Conventional sedation dentistry uses mild, calming medications like oral sedatives or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help ease dental-related anxiety and fear for exceptionally nervous patients.  

These traditional conscious sedation methods have long been the go-to solution for patients of all ages who find it difficult to go to the dentist for required oral health care, largely because they help patients feel calm and relaxed when receiving care.

Although conventional sedation is quite effective, it also requires advance preparation (no solid foods or non-clear liquids before your appointment) and can cause adverse post-sedation side effects like grogginess, dizziness, confusion, and nausea.

How is drug-free sedation different?

As a sedation expert who takes a holistic approach to all aspects of dental care and oral health, Dr. Smith is pleased to provide drug-free sedation, a safe and effective alternative to traditional sedation that helps you relax quickly and completely, without using narcotics or controlled substances.

To achieve drug-free sedation, Dr. Smith uses NuCalm®, an innovative and proven relaxation system that helps ease your mind and calm your nerves as it brings your body to the verge of sleep.

Drug-free sedation can be helpful during lengthy appointments or visits that require multiple procedures. It can also be beneficial for:

  • Patients with special needs
  • Children who can’t sit still for long
  • Anyone with a strong gag reflex

NuCalm combines four proven relaxation techniques to create the same sensation you feel when you’re about to fall asleep.

First, you receive gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), your body’s natural relaxation chemical, in the form of an oral supplement or topical cream. GABA acts to slow brain activity in preparation for sleep.

Then, Dr. Smith uses a cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) device to help open your brain’s GABA receptors and stimulate the production of serotonin, another important sleep-inducing chemical.

You wear light-blocking glasses and headphones that deliver binaural beats, or different rhythmic signals in each ear, to calm anxious brainwaves and complete the relaxation process.

What are the benefits of drug-free sedation?

NuCalm puts you in a state of deep relaxation for your entire dental procedure, dulling your natural resistance mechanisms and leaving you more receptive to treatment.

Although the treatment makes you feel as though you’re on the verge of falling asleep, you remain conscious and able to respond to questions and commands from start to finish. Benefits of drug-free dental sedation include:

  • No cognitive impairment during or after treatment
  • No post-sedation side effects (mental or physical)
  • Keeps you relaxed and still (no startled responses)
  • Leaves you feeling energized and rejuvenated, not groggy

To learn more about drug-free sedation dentistry, call Dental Health Connection: Randall W. Smith, DDS or book an appointment online today.