What exactly is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedative medications that put you partially or fully to sleep during procedures. Many patients benefit from sedation dentistry, because it makes their treatment more comfortable and reduces anxiety related to treatment. Sedation may be required if more complicated work is necessary. Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry, especially to pediatric patients. For patients who have difficulty sitting still in the dental chair to have work done, sedation is beneficial to their safety and comfort.
Why might you want or need Sedation Dentistry?
Patients most often request sedation dentistry because they are afraid to visit the dentist, and are uncomfortable sitting in the chair to have work done. If you notice that you put off treatment and routine care because of this anxiety, sedation dentistry may make your appointments more tolerable. Sedation also may be necessary for patients who have diseases or disorders that prevent them from sitting still for their procedure. Some procedures may require full sedation if they are complicated, requiring advanced surgical techniques. Sedation dentistry is safe, as it is customized to each individual patient. It is even suitable for pediatric patients undergoing dental treatment.
What makes you a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients, and can be a beneficial option in terms of getting dental treatment started. Before you have sedation administered, you’ll have an exam and consultation to determine if you are eligible for this option. There are several different types and levels of sedation, so during this appointment we’ll determine what is best suited to your needs. We can help to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure, and what to expect during and after sedation is administered.
What can you expect with Sedation Dentistry?
The first step is having a consult with us to determine what type of sedation you want or need. You will then be scheduled to come in for your appointment, and the sedation of your choosing is administered. For pediatric patients, we will discuss with you the options available to your child, and will need permission from you to administer it to them. For most sedation, you will be taken to a recovery room following the procedure, where you can take as much time as needed to wake up. It is recommended that you have a loved one or friend bring you home after the procedure, because it is unsafe for you to drive following sedation, even if you feel relatively awake after it has worn off.