We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure you have a comfortable, positive experience.
That’s why we are pleased to offer sedation for patients who need a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Anxiety about receiving care should never prevent you from achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
Customized sedation that is safe and effective
There are various types of sedation, and you and our doctors will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.
How sedation works
The doctor will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment. Using sedation, we may be able to complete many different procedures during just one office visit.
Common questions about sedation
We understand you may have many questions about sedation before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation:
- Will I feel anything during my treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many people wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation the same as being unconscious?
No. You will still be conscious and responsive, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation safe?
Sedation is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive treatment. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Tom or Dr. Fred will help you decide whether IV sedation is right for your treatment.
- How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is recommended that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.
- Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Any patient, from child to adult, who experiences dental anxiety is a good candidate for sedation. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask us about sedation as an option for your periodontal treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist’s office
- Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Need for a more complex dental treatment
- Self-consciousness about your teeth
- Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel you could benefit from sedation at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can accommodate your needs.