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Sedation Dentistry

What is conscious sedation dentistry and how does it work?

Oral conscious sedation (also referred to as oral sedation) is a safe, needle-less sedation method. We will give you a small pill to take prior to your appointment. This pill will relax you make you drowsy, so someone will need to drive you to and from your appointment. Once you arrive in our office, we will make every effort to make you comfortable before beginning treatment. Oral Sedation will mimic the feeling of sleep, however you will be able to answer any questions and respond to directions given by the doctor. We will monitor you using a pulse oximeter, and someone will be there with you throughout your visit. You will never be alone during your sedation dentistry visit. When your treatment is complete we will gently wake you, and you will have little or no memory of your dental visit.

Oral sedation safely and painlessly eliminates the anxiety for many who have difficulty getting numb, strong gag reflexes, or are uncomfortable with the tastes, smells and sounds associated with dental treatment.

What are the benefits of Oral Conscious Sedation?

There are many benefits to conscious sedation dentistry. The primary benefit for conscious sedation dentistry is anxiety elimination. Patients who are afraid of the dentist can now receive vital dental care without the fear. If you are afraid of needles, or if the sounds, tastes, and smells of dental treatment make you uncomfortable, oral conscious sedation will change the way you view the dentist’s office.

Oral sedation dentistry also has many benefits for patients who don’t suffer from dental phobia. If you have difficulty getting numb, sensitive teeth, bad gag reflexes, complex dental treatments, or limited time to complete dental treatments, of limited time to complete dental treatment, oral sedation may be your answer. Because you are relaxed and unaware of dental procedures, years of needed dental care often requiring six to eight appointments may be completed in as little as one or two visits.

Will I feel any pain during my sedation procedure?

No, you should not feel anything during your treatment.

Will I be unconscious?

Yes, but you will be in a deeply relaxed state, may or may not be aware of your dental treatment, however you will be responsive.

How long will I be relaxing?

Depending on your needs, you may be in a relaxed state for 4 to 8 hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?

Yes. Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.

Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well. If you are not sure if you are a candidate ask your dentist.

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 4-8 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor you vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

In most cases it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and , if necessary, we can put together a financing plan for you.