We understand that some fear going to the dentist. Patients who experience dental phobia may postpone or avoid vital dental appointment, and multiple dental visits are out of the question. Neglecting your oral health can lead to tooth loss, disease, and overall health problems. However, you can overcome dental fear with sedation.
This is where our practice offers options for fulfilling your dental needs. We have dentists that are certified in Sedation and provide IV sedation which allows the patient to go into a gentle slumber while the dentist completes the dental treatment. Our goal is that your visit to the dentist is completely painless.
We offer two kinds of sedation for your dental treatments
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous Conscious Sedation (aka “IV sedation”) is when a drug, usually of the anti-anxiety variety, is administered into the blood system during dental treatment. So, in reality, you remain conscious but in a deep level of sedation. You will also be able to understand and respond to requests from your dentist.This level of sedation allows you the deepest and most relaxing experience available. Our nurse monitors all vital signs, allowing the dentist to perform the maximum amount of dental work in one visit.
Oral conscious sedation is the use of oral medication/pill to achieve an appropriate level of relaxation. With this method, a fearful patient can calmly receive much-needed dental care.
At your first appointment, we will discuss your overall health and medical history with you. If you feel comfortable, we will take X-rays and examine your teeth and supporting tissues. This will give us the information we need to determine which dental treatments will restore your smile. Before you leave our clinic, we will schedule your next appointment and prescribe a pill, also known as an anti-anxiety medication.
We will advise you as to when you should take the medication, usually 1 to 2 hours before your dental appointment. Accompanied by a responsible friend or family member, you’ll arrive at the dental clinic more rested and relaxed. We will gauge your anxiety level when you arrive for the appointment. Your friend or family member will accompany you home once your dental work is complete. The effects of the sedative should subside by the following day. It is wise to have a friend or relative stay with you until the medication wears off.
Although your dental procedures may take hours, you will feel as if they take only minutes. Some patients become so relaxed that they fall asleep in the dentist’s chair. Sedation medications have an amnestic effect, so you’ll have few, if any, memories of the visit. You can immediately enjoy your improved smile.