Eliminate Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety is a real issue that prevents millions of Americans from getting the care they need, but we have an easy solution — sedation dentistry. Dr. Kevin Poupore is experienced and fully licensed to provide safe IV sedation as well as oral sedation.
Dr. Poupore uses sedation dentistry to help our patients stay calm and relaxed, providing a more comfortable treatment experience for our visitors who live in and around Malone, NY, including Potsdam, Massena, Chateaugay, Norwood, Norfolk, and Akwesasne.
Questions & Answers
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients eliminate anxiety during dental treatment. That means there’s no reason to miss out on the essential care you need to protect yourself against issues like tooth loss and gum disease.
Sedation can be provided in the form of a pill taken before treatment begins or through an IV, which administers a stronger medication directly to the bloodstream.
When is sedation dentistry used?
There are different types of sedation, so it can be used for many different treatments, depending on the patient’s specific needs, their level of anxiety, and the type of procedure being performed.
IV sedation is typically reserved for dental surgery, implant placement, and complex extractions such as wisdom tooth removal. Milder forms of sedation may be used for root canal therapy, deep cleaning treatments, or fillings. Sedation can also be used with a local anesthetic to provide a pain-free experience.
How will I feel while sedated?
That depends on the type of sedation used. During IV sedation, you’ll probably nap through most of your procedure and have little to no memory of it afterward. With oral sedation, you’ll remain awake but you’ll be very groggy and relaxed.
Can I drive myself home if I’ve been sedated?
No. Patients who choose sedation should arrange to have a friend drive them home following their appointment. Sedation often causes some mild drowsiness that can last for a few hours afterward, so it’s important to arrange for someone else to take you home.