If you are someone who cringes at the sounds in dental offices and has a fear of needles, someone who has sensitive teeth or someone who is immune to the numbing effects of local anesthetics, you might be a candidate for Sedation Dentistry.
Imagine having your dental procedures completed while you nap comfortably without any memory of the procedure afterwards. Sedation Dentistry is not for everyone, but for those who have been avoiding getting their teeth fixed because of fear, paranoia or discomfort, this method can be extremely beneficial.
What is sedation dentistry?
Medicine is used to relax you. It has several benefits:
- It produces amnesia, so most patients have no memory of the dental procedure.
- It allows for more dentistry to be done in a shorter period of time.
- It enhances the effectiveness of local anesthetic.
- It decreases gagging.
How is the medicine delivered?
Dr. Clove can talk to you about the best method for you. For some people, a small pill taken an hour before your visit may be sufficient. In other cases the medicine is delivered via an IV to produce a deeper sedation.
Am I really asleep?
Sedation is sometimes called “sleep dentistry” because some patients actually fall asleep. However, you still breath on your own, your reflexes are still intact and you can still respond to verbal commands.
What else do I need to know?
Depending on the type of sedation, the effects will last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. You will need to have someone drive you home.