We recognize that many of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental or surgical care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation anesthesia for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving surgical care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
Customized sedation anesthesia that is safe and effective
There are different types of sedation anesthesia, and you and your doctor 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 anesthesia works
Your doctor will gently administer the sedation 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, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit.
Common questions about sedation anesthesia
We understand that you may have many questions about sedation anesthesia before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers:
Will I feel anything during my treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
Is sedation dentistry 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 anesthesia safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment with sedation, your doctor will help you decide if sedation is right for your treatment. Your medical history and any medications you take will be reviewed by the surgeon to determine what kind of sedation medication will be the best for your procedure.
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 essential that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. The sedation medications will remain in your system for 24 hours after your treatment and you cannot drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery for 24 hours.
Am I a good candidate for sedation anesthesia?
Any patient, from child to adult, who experiences dental anxiety may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for your next 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 one's teeth
Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment
If you feel that you could benefit from sedation anesthesia at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.