In sedation dentistry, medication is used to help the patient stay calm and relaxed during the procedure. The type and level of sedation may vary according to the complexity of the procedure and the specific needs of the patient. The team at CONFIDENT provides expert sedation dentistry services to ensure that patients of any age who suffer from dental anxiety or fear are able to relax and have the expert care necessary to improve and protect dental health.
Anyone who has significant stress or anxiety before dental procedures may be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. People who have been through painful or upsetting dental experiences in their past may sometimes avoid the dentist, even when they need treatment badly, so sedation can be an ideal solution. Patients who have very sensitive teeth and patients who can’t control their gag reflex may also find that sedation dentistry is a good solution for their dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry does not put the patient completely to sleep, but rather allows them to feel relaxed enough to doze lightly if desired. Most people feel extremely relaxed within 20 minutes to half an hour after taking their oral sedation medicine. In the cases where the sedation is inhaled via mask or administered via IV, the relaxation will take effect even more quickly. Patients will not be in pain during the procedure and will typically not even be truly aware of what is happening. Many people have no memory of the dental procedure when it is over.
The dentist will give patients preparation guidelines well in advance of the procedure. Typically, the instructions include avoiding food and liquid after midnight on the day before the procedure, avoiding alcohol and stopping smoking for at least 24 hours prior to the procedure. Patients should be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to take them home after a sedation dentistry procedure, as many people are groggy for a while afterward.
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