The basics of Sedation Dentistry
We understand that going to the dentist can incite fear or worry for some people. Even the thought of going to the dentist may be enough to cause anxiety, thus preventing you from even making an appointment. If this scenario sounds familiar, then sedation dentistry may be for you.
About Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry is a way of keeping you calm and relaxed through the use of sedatives during dental procedures. These sedatives may include tranquilizers, nitrous oxide and anti-anxiety medications. In some clinics it is common to administer sedatives via the intravenous or IV method. This involves injecting the sedative directly into the blood vessels of either the arm or hand. Although this method is very effective, even the thought of a needle in the arm or hand can be stressful for some people.
Medical advancements have helped create alternatives for administering sedatives without using injections. Today, patients can choose oral administration for sedation- gone are the needles. Indeed, oral sedation paves the way for a painless, relaxing dental visit.
What is involved?
Deciding if oral sedation is right for you involves addressing many factors before reaching a decision. We can take you through every step of the procedure – from the day before treatment to the moment you head back home.
Through pre-treatment consultation, we will check your dental history, your anxiety levels and other health factors. Taking sedatives may pose risks; therefore it is very important for us to know about medical conditions that may be adversely affected by sedation medications. After addressing all of these concerns, you and Dr. Bryant Tomimoto will decide what type of sedative and dosage will be best suited for your needs.
Because it is unsafe for a sedated individual to operate a motor vehicle, you will require assistance to and from our office from a family member or friend on the day of your appointment. Also, since the effects of sedation may vary from patient to patient, it is prudent to have someone on hand afterwards. We recommend having someone take care of you for at least 12 hours following your sedation visit, just to ensure that the sedative is wearing off properly and that your are in a safe environment.
What are the benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry offers many benefits. Lengthy procedures (appointments that take more than an hour to perform) may seem to last for only a few minutes for the patient under sedation. Furthermore, you may be able to undergo more treatment per visit while sedated, thus reducing the total number of visits required.
More importantly, sedation dentistry allows the patient to regain confidence in themselves because the anxieties that would normally be present are kept under control throughout the painless visit. Through the development of this confidence, we have actually had patients return for visits without requiring any sedation at all!
Sedation Dentistry Summary:
Taking care of your teeth need not be a painful or stressful experience. So contact us and find out how oral sedation may work for you.
Q) Will I be asleep during sedation dentistry?
A) No. You will be in a relaxed, tranquil state – but not asleep.
Q) Why do people choose Sedation Dentistry?
A) Some people elect Sedation Dentistry because they have sensitive teeth or exaggerated gag reflexes, while others have limited time for a visit or want to avoid discomfort and anxiety during their visit.
Q) Will I be able to drive to or from my dentist appointment?
A) No. You will be taking a tranquilizing medication beforehand, and such drugs may impede your ability to drive. To be safe, ask a friend or family member to give you a ride to your appointment and a ride home after the appointment.
Q) Is Sedation Dentistry safe?
A) Absolutely. You will be monitored at all times by dental assistants to make sure that you are not in any danger. You will never be alone and the procedure is completely safe.
Q) What does sedation feel like?
A) It will probably unlike any dental experience you’ve ever known. Patients tell us the whole experience feels like a dream. Even those who receive conscious sedation often feel like they’ve slept through the whole procedure. When it’s over you’ll feel refreshed, with little or no memory of your dental treatment.
Q) What happens after the appointment?
A) You may still feel a little sleepy. We’ll keep you in the office until you’re ready for your companion to take you home. You can’t drive, and your companion needs to stay with you for the rest of the day. It’s best to just take it easy. We do encourage you to eat and drink, because this will help you feel better. The next day will just be a normal day.