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What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a great alternative for people who fear the dentist. The patient takes a small blue pill prescribed by one of our doctors 1-hour before coming to the office that allows them to relax and feel comfortable throughout their entire treatment. The patient can still respond to the dentist during treatment, but will not feel any pain and will remember little or nothing of the experience.
The sedation medicine prescribed is Triazolam that has almost no side effects or interaction with other medications. A qualified sedation dentist will also constantly monitor the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels during dental sedation.
What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is an option for everything from a simple cleaning to extensive treatment. For those with severe dental anxiety, dental sedation can be the answer to receiving the dental care you need.
For those short on time, dental sedation could decrease your total number of visits because more treatment can be provided in a shorter time.
Additionally, patients remember little or nothing regarding the procedure and can reduce or eliminate the pain associated with dental procedures.
How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?
For most patients, the effects of dental sedation last between 2-4 hours, so we require you to have someone drive you home.
I’ve Heard It Called Sleep Dentistry. Am I Really Asleep?
We call it sleep dentistry because most patients tend to fall asleep. However you can still respond to verbal commands. Even the most apprehensive patients have been ecstatic with the results.
How Safe is Sedation Dentistry?
We constantly monitor each patient with a computerized pulse oximeter, which measures heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation.
We also have a reversal agent on hand that reverses the effect of the sedation medicine in less than 30 seconds.