Sedation Dentistry — You No Longer Have to Be Afraid
Anxious patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist. The dental care you need can be completed while you are completely relaxed and comfortable. It IS possible for you to smile with confidence and chew without pain.
Minimal sedation dentistry is the use of oral sedation medications administered before (and sometimes during) a dental procedure to relax and calm the dental patient.
There are many benefits to minimal sedation dentistry. Minimal sedation with oral medications means there are no needles. You do not actually sleep during treatment, but you will be sedated enough to feel utterly relaxed. By the next day, most patients remember little-to-nothing of the time they spent in the dental chair. The memories of the office’s sights, sounds and smells – which can often be traumatizing to people – will be gone.
With minimal sedation dentistry, time seems to pass very quickly, so hours feel like minutes. Minimal oral sedation enables Dr. Martin to work more efficiently and complete more
treatment in fewer visits. It’s a great option if you need a large amount of dental care completed at one time. Many dental procedures can be completed with the help of minimal sedation dentistry, including crown work, routine extractions, dentures, filling cavities, gum care, tooth whitening, bonding and typical hygiene.
After a consultation and health history review are completed, you and Dr. Martin will decide on a treatment plan that’s right for you. He will select the best oral sedation medications and doses to meet your individual needs. Often a pill is given to take the night before the appointment and/or one hour prior. You will then arrive with your companion at the office already feeling relaxed. Once there, Dr. Martin will decide whether or not to administer more medication.
Who Can Benefit From Minimal Oral Sedation Dentistry?
- Suffer from dental phobia or anxiety
- Experienced traumatic past dental treatments
- Do not get numb easily
- Have extremely sensitive teeth
- Need a large amount of dental work completed
- Gag easily
- Fear needles
- Dislike the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment
- Are embarrassed about the amount of dental work needed
Will I be unconscious?
No. You will be in an extremely relaxed state and will most likely not remember the appointment. However, you will be conscious and responsive the entire time.
Will I be monitored?
Yes, at all times. Your vital signs will be taken throughout the sedation appointment. One of our team will always be with you.
Will someone need to accompany me to my appointment?
Yes, you will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.
How long will I remain sedated after my appointment?
Each person’s recovery time is different based on their body as well as the medications and dosages used. Plan on relaxing at home for the remainder of the day after your appointment. Have your companion stay with your until you are fully recovered.