What is Sedation Dentistry

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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.