What is Sedation Dentistry?
Simply put, sedation dentistry is using a combination of techniques that safely and comfortably allow you to virtually “snooze” through your dental visit. It is a real breakthrough.
What type of sedation do you use?
There are many types of sedation. General anesthesia is the one most people think of. This type of sedation requires a machine to help you breathe. IV sedation is used in oral surgeons offices and most out-patient procedures. It is wonderful for short appointments. We use oral sedation – a pill. It’s a simple, safe medication with wonderful properties.
How does sedation dentistry work?
On the day of your appointment, you’ll take medication – a pill, then a companion will take you to the office. Experienced clinical team members will make certain that you’re relaxed and completely comfortable. You will be monitored very closely while you are sedated. Many patients feel NO DISCOMFORT whatsoever during and after treatment, and have little or no memory of the visit.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Oral Sedation Dentistry protocols have been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental procedures. Before starting any treatments, your doctor will review your medical history and explain how Sedation Dentistry can work for you. During treatment we constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation. We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the medicine in less than 30 seconds. We have treated numerous patients safely and comfortably. We want you to feel good about going forward towards a healthy, new smile.
Am I really asleep?
Most patients do tend to fall asleep, however you can still respond to verbal commands. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with the results.
Will I remember anything?
A wonderful effect of this medication is amnesia. Patients remember little or nothing of their dental appointments. This is very appealing for those with high anxiety.
How long will I be out of work?
Most sedation patients return to work the day following their appointment. We ask that you do not return to work the day of your sedation appointment.
Are there any side effects?
Drowsiness the day of your appointment is to be expected. Some feel slight nausea, but that is due to the fact that they have not eaten. Normally, patients feel fine after eating and taking in some fluids.
Will I be able to drive?
You should not drive until 24 hours after your appointment. We require that someone bring you to our office in theh morning and take you home after your appointment.