Sedation Dentistry

You can get your smile corrected without any memory of the procedure with sedation. Wake up to a new smile. Get your smile fixed, replace missing teeth, restore your smile and forget you were here.

Types of sedation dentistry:

Oral Conscious Sedation – How it works:

Oral Conscious Sedation is the easiest type to do and it does not require an IV. It is a medication that is taken at the office in either a pill form or in some juice the day of the procedure. Other facts about how it works:

  • The medication that is used has to pass through your digestive system so the results are less predictable than using IV sedation.
  • The onset of the medication is also longer as it has to be processed in the digestive system.
  • There is a maximum recommended dose that can be given and if inadequate sedation effect is felt, more medication will not be administered
  • You will be hooked up to monitors for the duration of the appointment to ensure your vital signs are in your normal range as we work.
  • The cost is considerably lower than IV sedation.
  • This type of sedation will not put you to sleep but will make you unaware of what is going on and generally you will not remember the procedure.
  • Every patient responds differently to the sedation medication used.
  • A ride home is essential for oral conscious sedation.

IV Sedation – How it works:

Also known as “sleep dentistry,” IV sedation will get you close to a sleeping state. It helps you relax, eliminates pain and results in stress-free procedure for both the patient and the dentist. Here are some facts about how it works:

  • Sedation medications are administered into your bloodstream through a vein which means an IV will be started and used for the duration of the procedure.
  • While IV sedation eliminates your fears, you’ll still be numbed to ensure there is no pain during the procedure.
  • The effect is almost immediate and the level of sedation is very easy to control based on your needs.
  • IV sedation usually eliminates the gag reflex, making the experience even better for both parties involved.
  • A ride home is required for IV sedation appointments.

Why Sedation?

Sedation and implants go hand-in-hand. Since the implant procedure is a form of surgery, sedation is suggested to ensure a pleasant experience. Here are some other benefits sedation provides:

  • You can have multiple implants placed at the same appointment.
  • You feel no pain before or during the procedure and many patients don’t even remember the appointment ever happened!

Basically, sedation has a variety of benefits for both the patient and the dentist, ensuring the procedure is efficient and effective.

Sedation and All-on-4®

So what happens if need a large number of implants or have a lot of missing teeth? The All-on-4®dental implant treatment may be for you. Sedation is particularly helpful with the All-on-4® procedure, as it allows these permanent teeth to be implanted in as short as one day.

Since the All-on-4® treatment uses four – occasionally five – dental implants for the top set of teeth and four on the bottom, you can see why sedation would help efficiency and ease patient discomfort.

Call us today for a complimentary consultation and to ask us additional questions about why sedation dentistry could be a good fit for you!.