Sedation Dentistry

Who is a candidate for sedation?

  • Patients who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Patients who demonstrate anxiety associated with dental treatment
  • Patients who continually delay dental treatment because of fear
  • Patients who have experienced difficulty with anesthesia ("getting numb")
  • Patients who have experienced a severe gag response
  • Patients who need extensive dental work and would like to have treatment completed in less visits

What are the benefits of oral sedation?

  • Patients are much more relaxed during appointments
  • No need for an IV to be placed
  • Increased effectiveness of anesthetics used
  • Less post treatment discomfort
  • No memory of the appointment the next day

How do I become a sedation patient?

Please inform our office staff that you are interested in sedation dentistry when you first contact the office. We will take the appropriate steps to make sure you are comfortable from your very first appointment on. At your consultation appointment, a thorough medical/dental history will be completed including any medications you are taking. We will then determine if you are a suitable candidate for sedation dentistry.

What is the sedation appointment like?

You will be given some medication to take the night before your appointment to make sure you are well rested the next day. The morning of your appointment, you will take another dose of medication. We will ask that you not eat or drink anything prior to arriving at the office. Once you arrive, you will feel relaxed and probably a bit tired. Throughout the appointment, you will remain conscious at all times and you will be able to communicate with the office staff. However, you will be less aware of what you see/hear/feel during your appointment. The goal of oral sedation is not to put you to sleep, but rather to make your experience one that is comfortable. The day after your appointment, you will forget most of what happened during the visitt. This is one of the main benefits of dental sedation.

Do I need a driver?

Yes, you will need someone to take you to and from the appointment. We ask that you refrain from driving for at least 24 hours.

What can I expect after my appointment?

You will be tired/groggy for the remainder of the day. You will be advised to rest, relax and stay hydrated once you are at home. It is important that you have a caretaker with you.

Patients who have undergone sedation for dental treatment often experience less post-op discomfort than those who have not.

Is sedation safe?
Oral sedation is a very safe and effective way to treat anxious dental patients. Our office staff has received special training in order to provide this service. We evaluate each patient on an individual basis to make sure that he or she receives an appropriate regimen of medication.