Sedation Dentistry Specialist
Sedation Dentistry Q & A
Who Should Get Sedation Dentistry?
Fear of the dentist, or even dental phobias, are fairly common today, but they do not have to be when sedation dentistry is available. Anyone who has a major fear of dental visits, who puts off necessary dental work due to anxiety about it, who has had bad experiences at the dentist in the past, who has very sensitive teeth, and those who were not able to get numb enough for dental work in the past may all be good candidates for sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is also very useful for the longer dental appointments, for example the more complicated dental surgeries.
What Does the Sedation Feel Like?
Generally, the patient will be given the IV sedation and made comfortable prior to any procedure. As soon as the patient starts to feel the effects of the medication, they are usually able to lie comfortably in the dentist’s chair to start the procedure. The sedation feels like a light sleep for most people. In fact, it is often called “twilight sleep” since the patient often dozes through the procedure.
How Can Patients Prepare for Sedation Dentistry?
The dentist will give each patient a set of preparation guidelines. Generally, patients are told to avoid food and liquid the night before the appointment. Since the appointment is usually scheduled in the morning, patients are in a fasting state for the procedure. This makes the sedation more effective. Patients are usually also told to avoid alcohol and other medication in the day before the appointment. Patients should make arrangements for a ride home after the surgery, as they will be slightly groggy after sedation and should not drive themselves. Many patients do not remember the appointment and will feel normal again within a few hours after the appointment.