About 50% of the population puts dental care at the bottom of their health care list. Many reasons are behind this. Some people are downright fearful, while others have suffered previous bad experiences, or some need extensive care and simply can’t find enough hours in the day for many dental appointments.
For anxious patients, this well-established treatment is a miracle.
Sedation dentistry lets you totally relax during your visit and have your dental treatment be completely comfortable. Sedation dentistry can change your life for the better.
Sweaty palms? High anxiety? Deathly afraid to go to the dentist? You are not alone. Millions of people share that fear and apprehension. You can overcome this fear and enjoy good dental health.
Safe oral sedation techniques mean one can have years of dental treatment done quickly. Sleep dentistry may well be the greatest advance made towards truly pain-free, fearless procedures. Imagine waking up and discovering that your dental treatment is over.
How Does Sleep Dentistry Work?
Here is how it works. After an initial consultation, you will take a medication (Triazolam) just before your visit. You will need someone to drive you to and from the office safely. When you arrive for your appointment, you will be awake, but drowsy. Most important, you will be relaxed.
While you are in the chair, the sedation dental team monitors you closely. You will not be unconscious; you will be just enjoying a soothing mental and emotional “distance” from the dental treatment. Next thing you know, you will wake up refreshed, with little or no memory, the procedures completed and time to be driven home.
Commonly Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
Will I feel any pain?
A: No. You will feel nothing.
Will I be unconscious?
A No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.
Will I be monitored?
A: Yes, someone is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during
the entire visit. You are never alone.
How long will I be relaxing?
A: Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.
Will someone need to accompany me?
A: Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive to our office and home again.
Tell Me More About Sedation Dentistry
You really can relax through your dental appointment. It is safe! You take a small pill prior to treatment, no intravenous tubes or needles.
You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won’t remember any sounds or smells.
You will relax for up to five to six hours after taking the pill. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment.
Complex dental treatment that often requires six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one! All while you relax.
People who have difficulty getting numb will find that sedation dentistry eliminates the problem.
Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Answer: People who have:
- High fear
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- A limited time to complete dental care
- People who hate needles and shots
- People who hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- People who are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth.