Candidates for Sedation Dentistry
You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you relate to one or more of the following statements:
- I feel nervous or anxious about dental treatment.
- I am afraid of going to the dentist because of a bad childhood experience.
- I need a lot of dental work performed at one time such as Smile in a Day or Teeth in a Day procedures.
- I have a sensitive gag reflex.
Our practice offers several types of sedation techniques, including oral conscious and IV sedation. Our dentists will work with you to determine which technique is best suited toward your personal needs and goals.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is as straightforward as taking an aspirin. Before you come into the office for your dental treatment, you’ll swallow a small pill. The medication will relax you and put you at complete ease for the duration of your appointment. You will remain awake the entire time you are in our office, though you will likely not remember any of it, and it will feel as though your treatment lasted only a few minutes. You will be able to respond to verbal cues and breathe on your own. Think of the experience as a “heightened state of relaxation.” In addition to the oral conscious sedation medication, Drs. Moldovan and Malkin will also administer local anesthetic to the treatment area.
If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you will need a companion to drive you to and from the office on the day of your dental treatment.
IV sedation is a safe technique that is suitable for patients who have moderate to severe anxiety. The sedation medication is administered directly into your bloodstream, working quickly and effectively. If need be, the level of medication can be adjusted during your treatment, so you will remain comfortable throughout the entire experience. You will be awake during the procedure but you will probably not remember anything after your treatment, and it will pass very quickly. Similar to oral conscious sedation, the IV sedation experience is like a heightened state of relaxation. We take careful measures to monitor your heart rate and breathing if IV sedation is being used.