For many Americans going to the dentist is a frightful event, even though dentistry
has changed so much in the past years. A visit to the dentist can now be relaxing
and fun. Unfortunately, this is not enough for the approximately 145 million people
who avoid the dentist due to fear.
Dentistry is very high tech today with all sorts of gadgets that get the job done
better and quicker, but now with sedation dentistry can bridge the gap between technology
Q. How does sedation dentistry work?
A. You are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment.
Your companion will accompany you to the office. By the time you arrive you will
be very drowsy. When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the comfort
room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital
signs. After you are comfortable, our experienced clinical team will take care of
your dental needs. When your treatment is completed your companion will return you
home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.
Q. Will I feel any pain?
A. Patients report feeling completely comfortable.
Q. Will I be unconscious?
A. No, you are in a deeply relaxed state, you are responsive.
Q. Will I be monitored?
A. Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during
the entire visit. You are never alone.
Q. How long will I be snoozing?
A. Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.
Q. Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive
you to our office and home again.
Q. Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?
A. People who have:
- high fear
- had traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- a bad gag reflex
- very sensitive teeth
- limited time to complete their dental care
- complex dental problems
- hate needles and shots!
- hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care are afraid or embarrassed
about their teeth.