Sedation dentistry uses state-of-the-art methods and techniques to help patients relax and to reduce or eliminate discomfort during dental procedures. Clinical studies have shown many patients avoid getting the dental care they need because of concern and anxiety over discomfort. Sedation dentistry helps patients get the care they need by alleviating this anxiety and helping them remain comfortable.
Sedation is primarily used for more complex procedures like complex extractions, deep-cleaning treatments for moderate to advanced gum disease, gum and bone grafting procedures, dental implant placement, and treatment of deep infections including infections around the tooth roots. In very anxious patients, mild levels of sedation may be prescribed to help patients relax during other treatments as well.
Yes, today’s sedation methods are very safe and approved for professional use. Our team is trained in the use of an array of sedatives, including:
oral sedation that uses pills taken prior to the procedure to enable patients to relax throughout their procedure; ideal for patients who are afraid of needles
IV (intravenous) sedation that administers sedatives through an IV placed in the arm; IV sedation is used for more complex or longer procedures to enable the patient to “doze” throughout their treatment
The milder form of sedation using oral sedatives enables patients to feel deeply relaxed throughout their care while still being awake and aware of their environment, although grogginess can occur. IV sedation is intended to help patients achieve a much deeper level of relaxation - a sort of “twilight state” that enables them to doze and remember little or, more often, nothing of the procedure. IV sedation is carefully administered to enable the patient to continue to respond to commands like “open wider.”
No, all types of sedation can result in residual feelings of sleepiness and another person will need to be available to drive you home afterward.
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