Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry
At Vero Dental Spa, we want you to feel comfortable with your treatment choices. If you’re already scared of going to the dentist, you might feel reluctant to choose sedatives to combat fear. Before deciding if sedation dentistry is right for you, we have compiled a list of some of our patients’ most asked questions. Call us today, and we will answer all your treatment questions.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a dental technique where a certified dentist helps patients relax during procedures with sedative medication. It’s especially beneficial for patients with a fear of dentists, dental instruments, or patients requiring advanced treatment.
What should I bring to my sedation appointment?
You are welcome to bring anything into your appointment that makes you more comfortable or secure. You’re welcome to bring your own music, and we offer pillows or blankets to keep you warm and comfortable. You should also bring your medications, like asthma inhalers, supplemental oxygen, or anything you need in an emergency. Finally, plan on having someone drive you to and from your appointment.
What is conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation reduces discomfort by inducing an altered state of consciousness. Patients under conscious sedation can speak and respond to instructions throughout the procedure and bring up any irritation. While you will be aware enough to communicate during your treatment, most patients won’t have any memory of it.
Is sedation right for me?
During your initial consultation at Vero Dental Spa, we will walk you through all the information you need to know about sedation dentistry. We’ll tell you if you’re a qualified candidate for this service. You might be a viable candidate if you have a low threshold for pain, a sensitive gag reflex, dental anxiety, or need multiple teeth treated.
Can any dentist administer sedation?
Most dentists can administer minimal sedation, meaning nitrous oxide or oral sedation pills. Fewer dentists are certified to administer moderate and deep sedation. Deep sedation and general anesthesia are more advanced and commonly administered by maxillofacial surgeons and dentist anesthesiologists.
Which medication is used for oral sedation?
Typically, we use a sedative pill in the same family as Valium or Xanax. This medication is short-acting and does not stay in your system for a long period. Oral sedation is incredibly safe and effective at keeping patients calm and comfortable during treatments.
What is the difference between oral sedation and other sedations?
In most cases, deep sedation and general anesthesia are not necessary for lesser advanced dental treatments. Deep sedation is often needed to remove deeply impacted wisdom teeth. Oral sedation puts you into a state of relaxation but not as in-depth as deep sedation. Oral sedation usually lasts between 3-5 hours.
Does sedation medication have any side effects?
Patients might experience a few side effects from sedation medication. Patients often get dry mouth while under the influence of the medication, but this dissipates after it wears off. When you get home, you may feel the need to take a nap for a few hours.
Contact Vero Dental Spa About Sedation Dentistry
Do you have any more questions about sedation dentistry? At Vero Dental Spa, we’re dedicated to helping you feel safe and comfortable during your dental procedures. We want to answer all your questions before treatment. Contact Vero Dental Spa today and learn about your sedation options.