Your comfort is Our #1 Priority
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
People who . . .
- Hate needles and shots!
- Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental
- Are afraid or embarrassed by their teeth
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.
Click play to view the video above.
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%.
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 their reply.
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 dentist.
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 and Oral sedation (pill) for several reasons:
- 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.
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
The only thing standing between you and getting the dental care you want is
a call away.
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