100 Worcester Street, Suite 50 | Grafton, MA 01536
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Dental anxiety affects many children and adults alike, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. At Grafton Dental Care, we aim to help our patients have the most productive and positive experiences in our office possible. If you would like to learn more about our dental sedation services, please contact us. Dental sedation may be just the thing you need to have relaxed and enjoyable dental visits!

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What does dental sedation feel like?

Sedation treatments like laughing gas can put patients into a relaxed state of contentment, or they may even feel a sense of giddiness. Other services like oral conscious sedation and IV sedation make patients feel groggy and out of it, like they are on the verge of falling asleep. General anesthesia renders patients unconscious, so they are not awake during their procedure and tend to feel drowsy for a while after waking up. Not sure which option is right for you? Our team would be happy to help you decide.

Can dental sedation help with my dental anxiety?

Dental sedation is not just reserved for complicated or lengthy dental procedures. Sedation services like nitrous oxide are great for patients who want to relieve their anxious thoughts during routine appointments as well. Dental sedation helps patients become less aware of what’s happening around them. It can also make time feel like it has slowed down, and it can also prevent short-term memories from being formed, so patients often remember very little about their appointments.

Is dental sedation safe?

Our dental sedation services are very safe and effective. Before dental sedation is added to a patient’s treatment plan, we carefully review their medical history, current health status, and the services that they are receiving to determine if sedation is a safe choice. If you have any questions or concerns for us at any point in the process please don’t hesitate to ask. Patient safety is our top priority, and we will never recommend dental services to patients if we do not think that they are safe and beneficial.

IV Sedation & General Anesthesia

Some restorative dental services may take quite a while or seem scary from the patient’s perspective. In other cases, younger patients and patients with special needs may have trouble sitting still and holding their mouths open for long periods of time, which can pose a risk for both them and our team. Sedation services like IV sedation and general anesthesia may be the best choices in these situations because IV sedation puts patients into a deep state of relaxation, while general anesthesia renders patients completely unconscious and unable to move. Our team will work with you to determine if or when IV sedation or general anesthesia will be the best choice for you or your child.

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Your Anesthesiologist, Dr. Lily Hu

Dr. Lily Hu is a board certified dentist anesthesiologist from Northeast Dental Anesthesia Associates. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine Degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she is now the Director of Anesthesia and Pain Control. Dr. Hu completed her anesthesia training at Stony Brook University Hospital, and she specializes in providing mobile ambulatory anesthesia services to dental offices throughout the New England area. She is passionate about helping patients have the safest, most comfortable dental procedures possible.

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