Even though you are not technically asleep during your dental visit, patients describe the experience as seeming to be asleep, which means that they don't feel or remember the dental procedures, and also have no recollection of the sounds or smells of the dental office, both of which are top triggers for dental fear.
Imagine this: your dentist advises you that you need a filling, crown, root canal or other surgery. You're feeling apprehensive, so, after a careful medical screening procedure to ensure that you are a good candidate for Sedation Dentistry, we prescribe you sedation by a oral tablet or IV. You can have a friend or family member drive you to our office, we sedate you, and before you know it, your procedure is completed and you haven't felt a thing! This is the beauty of Sedation Dentistry, anesthesia that allows you to be in a comfortable sleep-like state throughout your dental procedure.
Sedation Dentistry is ideal for patients who are fearful of the dentist or who experience dental anxiety, and also for special needs patients who may have trouble sitting still for an extended period of time. It's a good option for people who may need to have a number of dental procedures done, who simply can't keep coming back for multiple appointments and so just want to have all the work done at once. The sedation works for up to 6 hours, depending on the amount of dental work you need.
We encourage you to ask us about Sedation Dentistry and how it can help take the anxiety out of your next dental visit.