How You Can Benefit from Sedation Dentistry


Sedation dentistry makes dental work possible for people who have a phobia of dental procedures and for those who are resistant to numbing. We have many patients who have been surprised by how easy their dental appointment was when they took advantage of our sedation dentistry expertise.  But, even if you are not afraid of the dentist’s chair, you can still enjoy the many benefits that sedation dentistry holds. Not only does it make your entire experience more pleasant, it can mean less physical trauma during the procedure and reduce soreness after extensive dental work.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Fear of the dentist’s chair is one of the main reasons that people put off the dental work they need. When you have a good experience and do not have the pain and soreness after a dental procedure, the dread melts away. Some of the benefits of sedation dentistry include:

  • A more comfortable procedure. You won’t experience the tension and pain that often accompanies dental work because your body and mind will be relaxed.
  • The efficacy of local anesthesia is enhanced, which is especially helpful for patients who are resistant to numbing.
  • You will have little or no memory of the procedure, and the sounds and smells associated with dental work.
  • Anxiety and worry the night before your appointment is eliminated.
  • Your procedure will go more quickly.
  • You can have multiple procedures during a single visit.
  • Pain and soreness caused by muscle tension and strain during dental work are eliminated.

Most important, you will have a more positive outlook on dental work, so you will be more likely to take care of your teeth in a timely fashion in the future.

What is Sedation Dentistry


Have you ever wondered – What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry helps you relax during dental procedures, and many patients have no memory of the procedure at all, but it is not at all like general anesthesia. During sedation dentistry you are conscious and breathing on your own. You may be so relaxed that you sleep through your procedure. People who normally cannot tolerate dental procedures due to anxiety or resistance to numbing find that sedation dentistry makes dental work possible and anxiety-free.

How it Works

You will be asked not to eat or drink anything for several hours before your procedure. Your dentist will give you exact instructions on timing. Typically you will need to stop eating about six hours before your appointment.

You will be given a mild sedative to take the night before your procedure so that you are well rested on the day of your appointment, and do not spend the night dreading and worrying about your procedure.

Then, when you arrive at our dental office, you will take an oral sedative. There are no IV’s or extra needles involved. You will still receive the local anesthesia to numb the area where the work is performed. During your procedure you will be relaxed and you may even sleep through the procedure.

After your procedure you will need someone to drive you home, and you should plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing. You will have little or no memory of the procedure itself.

The day following your procedure you will be back to normal. Most sedation patients do not experience the nausea and other side effects people often have with general anesthesia.