Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dental practice? You're not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.
For people who avoid dentists like the plague but need to have treatment done, sedation dentistry may take away some of your anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from a simple tooth cleaning to more invasive procedures.
What is Sedation Dentistry? Sedation dentistry uses medication to help you feel relaxed during dental procedures.
The levels of sedation used:
Minimal sedation - you are awake but relaxed.
Moderate sedation - you may slur your words when speaking and not remember much of the procedure.
Oral Sedation we Offer Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you a low dose of Valium. It is usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. Some people become groggy enough from moderate oral sedation to actually fall asleep during the procedure. They usually can, though, be awakened with a gentle shake.
You will need a companion to drive you to and from your visit and be available after your appointment to help you rest. Once your treatment is complete, you can relax in our patient recovery lounge room with your companion until you are ready to go home.