What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can mean many things, from pill to IV, and in many different concentrations. At Breese Dental Care we practice oral conscious sedation. We use pill form medication to help patients relax during their dental treatment. This provides the ideal level of relaxation for many patients who have dental anxiety.
Why choose conscious sedation?
Patients who have dental anxiety or a gag reflex can benefit greatly from being sedated. It can also reduce the number of visits required to complete treatment.
Conscious? But I want to be completely sedated.
We have chosen conscious sedation because it allows us the greatest margin of safety and patient relaxation currently available. Deeper levels of sedation carry a greater risk, and our number one priority is patient safety. Patients who wish to be completely sedated will need to be under the care of a specialist, or treated in a hospital. The medication used with conscious sedation has very strong amnesiac effects, meaning that most people remember little to nothing about their visit.
Who is a candidate?
Most people age 12 or older are a candidate for sedation, but people with certain medical conditions or allergies may not be a candidate for conscious sedation. A complete and current medical history is needed to determine candidacy.
What about after the appointment?
You will be dismissed to your companion via a wheelchair. For the rest of the day do not engage in any physical activity, use your phone, or engage in any financial contracts. The effects of the medication will continue for several hours after your appointment, resulting in a loss of physical coordination and memory.
What can I expect during the sedation?
Patients are given medications before the appointment. These medications start the sedation before the patient even arrives. Once the patient has been seated in the operatory we take a full hour to assess the patient and give more medication as needed. We only begin working once the patient is properly sedated and comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have a driver?
A driver is absolutely required, as well as a companion to stay with you for the rest of the day.
Can I work the next day?
Usually people are able to work the next day, however it varies patient to patient, and what procedures have been done.
What will I remember?
Memories vary from person to person, but there is usually little to no memory of the appointment after the medication has worn off.