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Sedation Dentistry—You No Longer Have to Be Afraid
Anxious patients no longer have to be afraid of the dentist.  The dental care you need can be completed while you are completely relaxed and comfortable.  It IS possible for you to smile with confidence and chew without pain.

Oral sedation dentistry is the use of oral sedation medications administered before (and sometimes during) a dental procedure to relax and calm the dental patient.

There are many benefits to oral sedation dentistry.  Sedation with oral medications means there are no needles.  You do not actually sleep during treatment, but you will be sedated enough to make you extremely at ease.  By the next day, most patients remember little-to-nothing of the time they spent in the dental chair.  Gone are memories of the office’s sights, sounds and smells that are often traumatizing to people.

With sedation dentistry, time seems to pass very quickly, so hours feel like minutes.  Oral sedation enables your dentist to work more efficiently and complete more treatment in fewer visits. It’s a great option if you need a large amount of dental care completed at one time. Many dental procedures can be completed with the help of sedation dentistry, including crown work, routine extractions, dentures, filling cavities, gum care, tooth whitening, bonding and typical hygiene.

Treatment
After a consultation and health history review are completed, you and Dr. Alldredge will decide on a treatment plan that’s right for you.  He will select the best oral sedation medications and doses to meet your individual needs. Often a pill is given to take the night before the appointment and/or one hour prior.  You will then arrive with your companion at the office already feeling relaxed. Once there, Dr. Alldredge  will decide whether or not to administer more medication.

Who Can Benefit From Oral Sedation Dentistry?
People who:

  • Suffer from dental phobia or anxiety
  • Experienced traumatic past dental treatments
  • Do not get numb easily
  • Have extremely  sensitive teeth
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed
  • Gag easily
  • Fear needles
  • Dislike the sights, sounds, and smells associated with dental treatment
  • Are embarrassed about the amount of dental work needed

Common Questions:
Q. Will I be unconscious?

A.  No. You will be in an extremely relaxed state and will most likely not remember the appointment. However, you will be conscious and responsive the entire time.

Q.  Will I be monitored?

A.  Yes, at all times.  Your vital signs will be taken throughout the sedation appointment. One of our team will always be with you.

Q.  Will someone need to accompany me to my appointment?

A.  Yes, you will need a companion to drive you to and from your appointment.

Q. How long will I remain sedated after my appointment?

A. Each person’s recovery time is different based on their body as well as the medications and dosages used.  Plan on relaxing at home for the remainder of the day after your appointment. Have your companion stay with your until you are fully recovered.