Sedation
Sedation

Sedation

“I am sooooo relaxed at my dental visits…”

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Candidates for Sedation

Patients who have a fear of dentistry and/or had traumatic dental experiences can benefit greatly from sedation dentistry. It is also helpful for patients who have difficulty getting numb, have a bad gag reflex and/or very sensitive teeth. Sedation may also be recommended for patients who dislike needles and shots, as well as the noises, smells, and tastes associated with dental care. Other patients who are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth or just want to be comfortable can discuss with Dr. Fred and Dr. Thad whether they can have sedation during their dental procedure. Some patients, who are planning to have extensive dental work, but have limited time to complete their dental care, can opt for sedation for faster accomplishment of dental procedures.

Sedation Dentistry uses oral sedatives to help you relax and can be used in conjunction with nitrous oxide. You will need someone to drive you to and from the office visit.

  • We may give you a mild sedative to take the night before your appointment.
  • You must avoid eating the morning of your procedure
  • When you arrive, we will provide oral sedatives appropriate for the length and extensiveness of the procedure.
  • You will be partially awake and breathing on your own during the procedure
  • Do not drive for 24 hours
  • That evening, it is important for a close friend or relative to be supportive during your healing process. Staying within speaking distance while providing necessary food and medication is certainly suggested.

In our office, we offer oral and nitrous oxide sedation. Please feel free to ask us about sedation dentistry at your next visit.

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