Sedation in Dentistry
At the Implant & Laser Periodontal Surgery Center, our doctors and staff strive to make your experience relaxing and enjoyable. Most patients may feel mild dental anxiety about getting a procedure. However, some patients with moderate dental anxiety or dental phobia may benefit from sedation. Although sedation is not required for periodontal procedures, sedation allows the dentist to manage patient pain and anxiety while at the same time allowing the patient to more comfortably undergo periodontal procedures. If you want to learn more about sedation, please inquire at your next appointment.
At our office, patients can choose from the following options when undergoing dental treatment:
- No Sedation: most patients choose to maintain full awareness during the procedure. This is accomplished with the use of local anesthetic.
- Oral Conscious Sedation a drug induced stated of reduced awareness and decreased ability to respond. Some patients have generalized or dental specific anxiety. To make the dental experience more relaxing, medications are taken orally. If you choose conscious sedation, you still will be able to respond during the procedure but your ability to respond normally returns when the effects of the sedative wear off.
For patients that opt for sedation, the patient is required to arrive with a companion who can drive the patient home after the procedure. At the completion of the dental procedures, the patient will be allowed to recover from the effects of the sedation before being allowed to go home with the companion. The patient should not drive or operate machinery while taking sedative for 23 hours after the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is ideal for people who have:
- A high level of fear or anxiety
- Suffered past traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty in getting numb
- An overactive gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Time only to squeeze several procedures into a limited time period
- A fear of needles and shots
- A strong dislike of the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care
- TMJ related difficulties where it is uncomfortable to open their mouth for extended periods
During your consultation at the Implant & Laser Periodontal Surgery Center, feel free to discuss the different options of sedation. Out doctors have completed advanced training in sedation so you can feel confident in the overall care you will receive. We can help you determine which option is best for your unique situation.