What is sedation dentistry?
People choose sedation dentistry for many reasons. More often than not, it is because they have a fear of the dentist.
Oral conscious sedation drugs allow you to feel more comfortable and relaxed during your dental visit. A pill is taken about one hour before your appointment. You will feel drowsy and may even fall into a light sleep. Your memory, anxiety levels, and perception of pain are all greatly reduced making you more relaxed and comfortable. Most of our patients “think” that they fell asleep during their appointment because they can’t remember anything that went on from the time the sedation started, to the time they left the office.
Who is it for?
Oral conscious sedation is for any reasonably, healthy person.
- People who are afraid of the dentist
- People with a sensitive gag reflex
- People who have difficulty getting numb
- People undergoing long dental procedures
What can you expect during your appointment?
First things first, make sure you make sure that you have someone bring you to and from your appointment. About an hour before your appointment, you will take your sedative. By the time you arrive to your appointment, you will be in a very relaxed state.
You will be able to hear Dr. Truong talk you through your appointment and you will be able to follow any instructions that you may be given.
What happens when you’re all done?
When your procedure is finished, Dr. Truong will gently wake you if you fell asleep and lead you into the waiting room where your family member or friend will safely get you home. You may be drowsy for the rest of the day so no driving or operating any heavy equipment. Most people do not experience any side effects. However, you may feel drowsy or slightly nauseous for a few hours after the procedure.
Taking the first step
Chances are, if you are afraid of the dentist, you may not have set foot in a dentist’s office in years. Some even put off going year after year because they are embarrassed to go back. Before you know it 5, 10, or even 20 years have passed. It’s okay. We understand. We want to help.
The first person you will meet when you call us is Michelle. Michelle, like you, is afraid of the dentist. Before working at Crosspoint Dentistry with Dr. Kelly, she hadn’t been to the dentist in over 20 years. So, she has been exactly where you are right now. We don’t want you to do anything that you aren’t comfortable with. That is why we recommend that before you commit to getting back in the dentist’s chair that you come and meet us.
See our office, meet our team, and have a chat with Dr. Truong about what your goals and dental experiences are. Did you have a bad experience when you were a little kid? Did you sit through a procedure with inadequate numbing? Or were you just born afraid of the dentist? We will work with you to develop a plan to take control of your dental health and get the work done that you need.