<b>What is Sedation Dentistry?</b>
Sedation dentistry, sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, is ideal for patients who are nervous about visiting the dental office or who are otherwise having more complicated procedures done. We offer both oral and IV sedation to our patients right in our office. Sedation is monitored constantly to ensure that it is safely providing the calming effects that our patients want. Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients of all ages, as it can be personalized to every individual.
<b>Why is Sedation Dentistry needed?</b>
There are several reasons why you may consider sedation dentistry before having work done in our office. For parents, sedation can be a great way to provide relaxation and calming benefits to otherwise panicked children. Some reasons to consider sedation dentistry include:
• You’re nervous or panicked over visiting the dentist
• You need to have extensive work done
• You’d rather not be awake to remember the procedure
• You find it difficult to stay still in the dental chair
• You’re a parent or guardian with a difficult, panicked child
<b>What makes you a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry?</b>
Most patients are good candidates for sedation dentistry. Before you or a family member comes into our office to receive sedation, we always go over your medical and health history. If you are healthy enough to undergo sedation, we offer both oral sedation and IV sedation. Oral sedation can be taken before the appointment by swallowing a pill. IV sedation is injected into the arm and carefully monitored throughout the course of the appointment.
<b>What can you expect with Sedation Dentistry?</b>
We begin with a consultation and medical review before administering sedation. For oral sedation, you’ll be instructed when and how to take the pill that will provide the calming effects. This is often done about a half hour before your appointment. IV sedation is administered in the office by inserting a small needle into the arm. Both methods work quickly, with IV sedation working more quickly than oral sedatives. It is important that you have someone bring you home from the appointment as you will not be in a good state to drive yourself.
If you think you might benefit from sedation dentistry and want to know more about it, call our office today and we can help to answer all of your questions.