Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew without pain. If you’re apprehensive about dental visits, checkups, or procedures, we encourage you to try sedation or sleep dentistry to help you feel more comfortable. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t be afraid to visit the dentist ever again.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry utilizes medication to relax patients undergoing dental procedures. It is especially useful for anxious patients and those who experience dental phobia, the fear of undergoing dental work. Sedation dentistry is often referred to as sleep dentistry, however patients do remain awake throughout the duration of the procedure.
What Is IV Sedation?
Most dentists tend to use IV sedation, or conscious sedation, for procedures where sedation may be appropriate. Patients tend to feel extremely relaxed and will remain awake throughout the duration of the procedure, even responding to comments and questions. However, the patient will not remember being awake when the dental work is complete with this form of sedation.
What Does Sedation Feel Like?
It feels like you’re snoozing, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. When you wake up, you will feel refreshed with little to no memory of the experience.
Can sedation dentistry be used to accelerate dental treatment?
Yes. More complex procedures can require multiple dental appointments, but sedation dentistry allows us to perform more work in a shorter amount of time. Remember: there’s no pain or discomfort. Sore gums can be rejuvenated, crowns and dentures can be replaced, yellow or stained teeth can be whitened and brightened, and chipped teeth can be bonded – all while you’re asleep.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Everyone can be a candidate for sleep dentistry. Multiple procedures can be completed in one visit or appointment, and those who are uncomfortable with dental work can relax and doze during their visit. If you’re interested, we will make sure it’s the right option for you.
How does sedation dentistry work?
It’s simple: you’re given a small pill to take 1 hour before your appointment, and you will feel very drowsy by the time you arrive. At the office, you’re given a thick, warm blanket, and we make sure you’re absolutely comfortable.
Will I need a companion to drive me to and from the appointment?
Yes. Because you will be sedated, it’s important that a companion be available to drive you to and from the appointment. If you are interested in seeing a doctor who specializes in functional and cosmetic dentistry, call our office today!