We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Our doctors and staff work hard to make sure you have a comfortable, positive experience. That’s why we are pleased to offer several different anesthesia options for patients who need a little extra comfort during treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent you from removing pathology or treating infections and achieving the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
Customized anesthesia that is safe and effective
There are different types of anesthesia. You and your doctor will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.
How sedation dentistry works
Your doctor will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you achieve a deeper sense of relaxation. Once you treatment is complete, you wake up with little or no memory of the appointment.
Common questions about anestehesia:
- Will I feel anything during my treatment? In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable, with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is anesthesia safe? Sedation is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive oral surgery. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, your doctor will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your treatment. Things such as your medical history, the medications you take, your age, and the complexity of your surgery will be considered in deciding the recommended type of anesthesia in your case.
- How long will it take for anesthesia to wear off? The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is required that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or operate machinery.
- Am I a good candidate for intravenous anesthesia? Your oral surgeon will consider your medical history, the complexity of your surgery, and your anxiety when considering the option of IV anesthesia.
If you feel that you could benefit from sedation dentistry at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.