Get treated like a VIP with Dr. Sands. Our sedation dentistry is an important component of our top-of-the-line services because it ensures the most enjoyable procedure for you. If you avoid your regular dental visits because of the discomfort you feel while in the dentist’s chair, sedation dentistry is probably the right choice for you. Combining safe medical sedation techniques with a tranquil, relaxing office setting puts all our patients at ease.
Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry
Relieves Dental Anxiety
It is estimated that over 30 million Americans avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety or phobia. If you are one of these patients, you can stop your excuses and embrace the stress-free benefits of sedation dentistry. Since there are multiple levels of sedation, Dr. Sands can tailor your dental visit to relieve your anxiety. Some patients benefit from being awake and can relax, while others prefer to be completely unaware during their dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to calm you, relax you, or put you to sleep. All of our sedation techniques are designed to relieve tension and pain for our patients. Pain-free procedures are the number one benefit for many of our patients, who would rather live with gum disease or tooth decay than experience the deep physical and emotional discomfort they may feel in the office chair.
Relaxed patients who aren’t feeling any pain are easier patients to treat. Dr. Sands is able to provide deeper cleaning and more thorough correction for his patients who utilize sedation during their dental visits. Discomfort can cause many patients to receive only surface correction because they are scared of a more intense pain. While under sedation, you will have the thorough treatment your teeth and your oral health ultimately require.
Concerns About Sedation Dentistry
What Drugs Are Used?
Depending on the delivery method, a different number of drugs may be used for your sedation. The most common include nitrous oxide, Halcion, propofol, midazolam, or ketamine. The choice of drugs will depend on the method you would like your sedation to be administered.
The cost of adding sedation to your treatment varies among patients depending on individual need. The type of sedation will affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. Dr. Sands will provide you with a detailed quote during your consultation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Are The Side Effects of Using Sedation?
While most people can safely undergo sedation, some patients may experience mild side effects. These can include drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, and post-sedation nausea.
Can I eat Prior to Sedation?What you can and when you can eat leading up to your treatment will vary depending on the sedation used. If you are undergoing general anesthesia, don’t eat solid food for six hours and don’t drink any liquids for two hours before your procedure.
Can I Drive Myself Home?
No. The possible side effects of sedation will require that you have someone drive you home from your appointment.