For some people, visiting the dentist is a source of anxiety. If you are one of those people, there is good news! Thanks to advances in sedation dentistry, it is possible to receive comfortable dental treatment. For your complete comfort, we offer sedation dentistry for any and all procedures.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
Although the anesthetic used in modern dentistry is extremely effective at reducing pain, administering the anesthetic often requires a needle prick that some patients fear. Sedation dentistry enables patients to arrive for their dental appointments completely at ease.
Oral sedation dentistry allows us to relieve anxiety without the use of needles or intravenous tubes. Additionally, patients who traditionally have trouble getting numb have no problem when sedated and relaxed.
About an hour prior to your appointment, you will be asked to take a small pill that will make you drowsy. By the time a companion accompanies you to our office for the appointment, you will be feeling relaxed and calm. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Shlafer will complete the dental procedure. During the entire procedure, your vital signs will be monitored to ensure your health and safety. After the treatment is completed, the companion will take you home to rest and sleep for a couple of hours after the appointment.
Conscious Sedation is an effective technique for managing moderate to severe dental anxiety. We believe it is a valuable tool for ensuring your complete relaxation during a procedure you may ordinarily not have done due to extreme fear.
During the procedure, monitoring devices are placed that monitor your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and breathing. You will be awake through the whole procedure, allowing Dr. Shlafer to give you directions; however, the medications administered during conscious sedation leave you with amnesia of the procedure. You will remember nothing about your experience!
For more information or to make an appointment, give us a call today at (248) 266-8581.