For some patients, visiting the dentist is a traumatic experience that causes anxiety. If you’re one of these patients, you no longer have to fear your dental appointments because Dr. Shlafer offers multiple sedation options at our practice. No matter which option you choose, sedation is guaranteed to help you relax and feel comfortable in the dental chair.
Oral Conscious Sedation
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.
With oral conscious sedation, you can experience total relief without using a needle or IV tube. This method involves taking a small pill roughly an hour before your appointment. By the time you arrive at our office, you’ll experience a calming sensation that will help you relax for the duration of your dental care. Dr. Shlafer will monitor your vital signs throughout the procedure to ensure your safety.
It’s important to note that you won’t actually go to sleep or lose consciousness during the procedure. You’ll remain awake and alert throughout, able to respond to Dr. Shlafer’s requests as needed. However, you’ll have little to no memory of your treatment after it’s finished.
The medication you take will begin to take effect before you get to our office and these effects often linger for an hour or two after the procedure is finished. Because of this, you’ll need to arrange for a responsible companion to drive you to and from your appointment.
IV sedation is another method that we can use to help you relax. For this method, we’ll use an IV tube to administer a special sedative that takes effect almost immediately. Though Dr. Shlafer doesn’t perform IV sedation himself, we have a licensed anesthesiologist on call for patients who choose this option.
Much like oral conscious sedation, you’ll remain awake and responsive during your treatment, though you won’t remember it after the sedation wears off. While the effects wear off quicker with this method, you’ll still need a ride home from your appointment as a measure of precaution.
With oral sedation, you will remain conscious and awake during your treatment. Many patients may feel like they have dozed off and won’t feel any pain. When you receive IV sedation, you will experience moderate to high levels of amnesia. Our patients typically say they don’t remember their procedure and you’ll need someone to drive you home.
We’ll typically use numbing gel for a surgical procedure, so you won’t feel much while our team works on your smile. If you do end up feeling some discomfort, it’s expected to occur after your treatment during your healing period when the sedatives have worn off.
It is important to know that sedation dentistry may differ for those who are obese or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. If this is the case for you, we can discuss these possible issues with you at your consultation.
You may also be a great candidate for sedation dentistry if you:
- Have had a previously traumatic dental experience
- Are fearful of needles
- Have overly sensitive teeth or have trouble getting numb
- Gag frequently
- Hate the smells or noises at a dentist's office
- Are having a more complex dental treatment
Ask Dr. Shlafer About Your Sedation Options
If you experience anxiety when visiting the dentist, we can change your entire experience. Contact our practice in Farmington Hills today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Shlafer. He’ll be happy to discuss your sedation options and determine the best choice for you.
For more information or to make an appointment, give us a call today at (248) 781-0040.