Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
People who have . . .
- High fear
- Traumatic dental experiences
- Difficulty getting numb
- A bad gag reflex
- Very sensitive teeth
- Complex dental problems
- Limited time to complete dental care
The Sedation Dental Care Standard
The standard of treating
patients using sedation was set
by physicians in the U.S.
approximately 40 years ago . It
is nothing new for patients to
be sedated for operations on
knees, feet, wrists, ears,
noses, or practically anything
else. Even patients who need an
MRI and are nervous, ask to be
sedated. Often patients ask
dentists for sedation and the
dentists do everything they can
to talk them out of it. Most
dentists do not want to go
through the additional training
and accreditation process that
is necessary to sedate patients.
|People who . . .
- Hate needles and shots!
- Hate the noises, smells and tastes
associated with dental care
- Are afraid or embarrassed by their teeth
You wouldn't think
of having an ear operation or a nose operation without
sedation. But, you move one inch to the teeth and it
becomes acceptable to endure time-consuming, strenuous,
noisy, and uncomfortable procedures on the most
sensitive, personal part of the body (the mouth) with no
sedation. Dentists attempt to work outside of the
already established standard of using sedation. As a
result, we as dentists treat only 50% of the population
while physicians treat over 90%.
I have found
that fearful patients psychologically have no problem
being sedated for dental treatment. You ask a nervous
patient, "Would you rather have this work done in six
appointments over the next two months or in one
appointment while you feel like you are sleeping?", and
they look at you like you're crazy. "Sedate me," is
Sedation for certain types of
dental care has been used for over thirty years. If you
asked one hundred patients who have had their wisdom
teeth removed how they had it done, most would say they
were put to sleep by an oral surgeon to have them
removed. The problem is that dentists assume that root
canals and drilling on teeth is not uncomfortable enough
to warrant sedation. This is why 50% of the population
does not go to the dentist. The patient is the one who
should determine what is uncomfortable for them, not the
If you feel that sedation, which is the
standard of care for the rest of the body, is necessary
for your dental care, call us.
Type of Sedation
We offer different types of sedation: Nitrous Oxide,
Oral sedation (pill) and intravenous sedation (IV) for
- Many of our patients are needle-phobic so for
those we have the pill form of sedation.
- With conscious sedation we can work on patients
for a longer period of time.
- Conscious sedation is very safe.
- With IV sedation we have total control of your
How You Will Feel
Our patients' perception of this
sedation technique is they feel that they have slept
through the appointment. We most commonly hear, "I
remember being sedated and the next thing I remember is
waking up with my teeth fixed." Most patients remember
nothing about their treatment. A few will remember a
little, usually at the end of the appointment when we
are getting them ready to go home. You will need someone
to bring you to our office on the day of your sedation
appointment and you MUST have someone take you home
Conscious sedation is very safe. We have full control
over your sedation state while receiving your dental
treatment. Your vital signs are monitored continuously.
The only thing standing between you and getting the
dental care you want is a call away.
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