“Everybody calls you by name. They know who you are. They're calling you the day after your procedure, ‘How are you doing? Do you need anything?’ Because a lot of times, especially if you've had some anesthesia, you don't always remember everything. I don't ever feel like I'm just cash walking through the door for them. It's more than just numbers and money.”
Sedation dentistry uses medications to help patients relax and stay comfortable during dental treatments and procedures. Studies have shown dental anxiety (or fear of going to the dentist) keeps millions of people from getting the dental care they need to prevent serious oral health issues like gum disease and tooth loss. Sedation dentistry uses oral or IV medication to enable patients to relax so they can get the care they need to prevent major problems and enjoy healthier teeth and gums at every age. Sedation can be provided with pills taken before treatment or through an IV, which administers stronger medication directly to the bloodstream.
Because their are different types and “levels” of sedation, sedation dentistry can be used for many different treatments and procedures, depending on the patient’s specific needs, their level of anxiety and the type of procedure being performed. Deeper IV sedation typically is reserved for oral surgery procedures, dental implant placement and complex extractions like wisdom tooth extractions. Milder forms of sedation may be used for root canal procedures, deep cleaning treatments or fillings. Sedation is also used with local anesthetics to provide a pain-free experience.
That depends on the type of sedation that’s used. During IV sedation you’ll probably nap through most of your procedure and have little to no memory of the procedure afterward. With oral sedation, you’ll remain awake but very groggy and relaxed.
Yes, the techniques used for sedation dentistry are completely safe and approved. Our team is trained and experienced in sedation techniques designed to prevent discomfort and to help patients avoid dental anxiety and remain relaxed throughout the procedures.
No, patients who have sedation should arrange to have someone else drive them home following their appointment. Sedation often causes some mild drowsiness that can last for a few hours afterward, so it’s a good idea to arrange to be able to rest and nap for the remainder of the day.
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