- Are dental fears keeping you from having a healthy mouth?
- Are you afraid of going to the dentist?
- Has it been a long time since your last dental appointment due to dental fear?
- Do you have sensitive teeth and gums?
- Are you immune to traditional methods of numbing techniques?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then conscious sedation is for you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sleep Dentistry?
Most people with issues that make it hard to get traditional dental care are good candidates for sleep dentistry. Sedation during a dental procedure can also be a good fit for children. Kids over a year old can benefit from sedation dentistry for many procedures that would typically require them to stay still for extended periods, or procedures that are more invasive and would cause undue stress and anxiety.
If you need several dental procedures, or you've been unable to go to the dentist for some time, your dentist may be able to perform several procedures during one appointment with the help of sedation dentistry. Your dentist will be able to work quickly while you're sedated, and this often means fewer trips to the dentist overall.
Generally, pregnant women are not good candidates for sedation dentistry, as some of the medications used for sedation dentistry are not safe for growing babies.
What To Expect From Sedation Dentistry
One hour before your appointment, you will take a pill. You will need a driver to escort you to and from the dental office. You should be drowsy upon arrival.
You’ll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment as if you were asleep, though patients can remain conscious during their procedure. We can perform a wide range of dental procedures in a single visit. Your care provider will wait until you are relaxed to begin your procedure. Most people fall asleep at some point during sedation dentistry. If your dentist needs your input, they can nudge you awake gently, and you'll return to your relaxed state almost immediately.
If you choose sleep dentistry, you'll need to give yourself some time to recover after your procedure. It's important to take at least 24 hours after your appointment to give your body time to recover. Your dentist may recommend you take additional time to relax before returning to school or work. You'll also need to wait at least 24 hours after your procedure to drive.
You may experience soreness from your dental procedure as your numbing medication and sedative wear off. Your dentist may recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever to provide the pain relief you need so you can rest as your body gets back to normal.
Who Benefits from Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
- Anyone who has fear and anxiety about dental treatment of any kind.
- Anyone who has put off dental care for years because of dental anxieties.
- Anyone who wants to have all their dental care completed in one or two visits.
- Anyone who wants to be treated in a relaxed, caring and comfortable environment
What Treatments Can Conscious Sedation Dentistry Be Used For?
Virtually any dental procedure that we can perform can be done under sedation dentistry, including fillings and oral surgery. Generally, patients do not need dental sedation for cleanings. Still, when treating patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety, we may recommend oral sedation to help you feel as relaxed as possible while giving your smile the care it deserves.
What to Expect After Treatment Under Oral Sedation
Upon completing your dental treatment under conscious sedation, you will feel relaxed with little or no memory of the procedure. Aftercare tips may include applying cool or warm compresses to the face, using over-the-counter pain relievers, and eating soft foods, depending on the treatment you received.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Oral sedation for dental procedures is considered a generally safe procedure with low risks for healthy patients. As long as dental healthcare professionals administer them, you can feel comfortable choosing this option for you or your child. We only use FDA-approved oral sedatives on our patients, which means they have been rigorously tested and passed clinical trials that support their effectiveness and safety.
Are There Any Risks to Sedation Dentistry?
While we take every measure to make sure you are as safe as possible, there are still some potential (albeit low) risks to sedation dentistry. These may include:
- Ongoing tiredness
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and possibly vomiting
Everyone’s body processes oral sedatives differently, but we consider your whole medical history before prescribing a medication. We aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout your treatment. We will discuss your sedative options before a procedure and walk you through any potential side effects and how to manage them before your treatment.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry can help patients who are anxious at the dentist feel more comfortable and ensure they get the oral healthcare they need. For many patients, avoiding the dentist due to fear can increase the risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Sedation dentistry can also help you combine multiple procedures into one visit, saving you time and improving your oral health outcomes.
Contact Us Today
We believe that everyone deserves the best oral healthcare, which is why we offer conscious oral sedation dentistry to make you as comfortable as possible during your visit. Never skip an appointment due to fear or anxiety — instead, let us help by personalizing your treatment to ease your worries with the right solutions.
Please contact the office of Dr. Tammy Kussman in Brentwood, TN, at 615-346-3007 to arrange an appointment. Thank you for your interest in our services. We look forward to seeing you!