Sedation Dentistry

Through the modern miracles of sedation dentistry, dentists can now safely treat anxious patients and often accomplish all dental work in one visit that may have required many more visits without it.

Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. In fact, many people avoid dental treatments altogether, as the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming. As a result, dental health deteriorates, but with sedation dentistry, offered at our practice, you can receive the periodontal care you need without the stress and fear.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
Nearly all patients are candidates for sedation dentistry. But sedation dentistry can help patients who have….

  • High fear and anxiety for dental treatment
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care
  • Inability to control movements due to conditions like Parkinson’s Disease or cerebral palsy

If you are one of those patients who hate needles, shots and the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care, call our office for a consultation with our doctor and see how you can be benefitted. Don’t let anxiety and fears come in the way of your dental care!

How does Oral Sedation work?
For dental treatment under oral sedation, you will take a small sedative pill an hour before you come to the office. This will help you feel relaxed and sleepy and by the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy. It is necessary to have a responsible adult accompany you to the office. During your dental treatment, your doctor and assistant will be with you monitoring vital signs. Our doctor and our experienced team will perform all necessary dental work and though you are in a deeply relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests. When the procedures are complete, you will be gently awakened and will have no memory of your treatment.

How does Intravenous (IV) Sedation work?
Intravenous sedation is different than oral (pill) sedation in that the level of sedation is more predictable. This type of sedation is best for situations where: (a) you are quite anxious or phobic, (b) you have a difficult time getting or staying numb, (c) you have a sensitive gag reflex, (d) oral sedation has not worked for you in the past, or (e) you require a lengthy procedure.

For dental treatment under IV sedation, you will take a small sedative pill an hour before you come to the office. This will help you feel relaxed and sleepy and by the time you arrive at our office. It is necessary to have a responsible adult accompany you to the office and wait for you during the procedure as well as take you home. An IV will be started, and medications administered that will help you feel very relaxed and comfortable. While you are not put to “sleep”, the medicines can make you so relaxed that you may fall asleep for the duration of the procedure.

During your dental treatment, your doctor and assistant will be with you monitoring vital signs. Our doctor and our experienced team will perform all necessary dental work, and though you are in a deeply relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests. When the procedures are complete, you will be gently awakened and will have little to no memory of your treatment.

  • Is it a safe procedure?
  • Doctor, will I feel any pain?
  • Will I be unconscious?
  • Will I be monitored, Doctor?
  • How long will I be sedated?
  • Will someone need to accompany me?

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