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What is Sedation Dentistry?

Many of you have heard the term sedation dentistry…so what is it? It is the act of taking anti-anxiety pills to help relax you enough to have dental treatment done. Through my years of practice, I seldom meet people

that don’t have some level of fear of the dentist. Some fear “the shot”, some “the sound”, and some the “entire experience”. Regardless of what the fear is, there are ways to work through them. The process is simple. After a careful review of the patient’s medical history, I will choose the appropriate medication(s) and level of sedation to best meet their needs. On the day of treatment, the patient will be driven by a companion, because most likely they will have taken a single pill before arriving at the office. More medication may be given depending on the type of procedures being performed and the duration of the appointment. When treatment is complete and our patient is ready to go home, the companion will drive them home and stay with them until our patient is fully recovered (about 4-10 hours). Due to the amnesic properties of many of the medications, PATIENTS HAVE LITTLE-TO-NO MEMORY OF THEIR TIME IN THE DENTAL CHAIR BY THE NEXT DAY! Sedation dentistry is safe and it works when it is done by a trained doctor.

If this sounds like it may be what you’ve been waiting for, I want you to know that at our office, we understand and appreciate that your fears are real and completely legitimate. Fear and anxiety are normal, and something that you can’t always control. You don’t have to feel embarrassed, just get started. 

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