Sedation Dentistry

Overcome Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Experiencing fear and anxiety when visiting the dentist – even for a routine check up – is an extremely common problem and often prevents individuals from seeking the oral care necessary for maintaining their health and smiles. With sedation dentistry, however, patients can alleviate anxiety while receiving the dental care they need.

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At Christopher J. Fotinos Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we provide two different methods or levels of sedation dentistry, including:

  • Oral Conscious Sedation – This type of sedation dentistry uses a pharmacological agent (prescription pill) taken orally about an hour before an appointment to alleviate anxiety and quiet the mind. Patients are able to respond to all of the dentist’s questions and usually remain awake, but in a highly relaxed state during procedures – although, patients will sometimes fall asleep in this state of deep relaxation. After oral conscious sedation, patients often leave with only dim memories of dental exams and procedures. The sedative used for oral conscious sedation can react with other medications, so it is important to tell the dentist and your pharmacist about any other medications you might be taking (prescription, over-the-counter or supplements). Also, the effects of these sedatives can endure beyond the end of your appointment; for safety, be sure to arrange a ride to and from your dental exam.
  • Intravenous (IV) Sedation – During IV sedation, patients are under anesthesia and are not conscious for the duration of the procedure. As a result, patients will have no memory of their dental appointments, nor will they be aware of their surroundings during the exam. A board certified anesthesiologist administers IV sedation and monitors patients’ vital signs throughout their procedures. To qualify for this level of sedation, patients must be medically healthy. Following IV sedation, patients might need to remain for observation before being driven home.

We encourage our new and existing patients to discuss treatment options with our dentist. We will work with you to recommend the right treatment based on your level of dental-related anxiety, current health and type(s) of procedure(s).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

SHOULD I CHOOSE SEDATION DENTISTRY?

Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you.
Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether light, deep sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IF I AM SEDATED FOR MY DENTAL PROCEDURE?

That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication about an hour prior to your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment.

If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll be instructed to avoid foods and beverages the night before your treatment. A sedative will be administered to you intravenously prior to your procedure, causing you to fall into a deep sleep. A dental anesthesiologist will monitor you throughout the procedure and adjust dosage as needed.

ARE THERE ANY PRECAUTIONS I NEED TO TAKE AFTER BEING SEDATED?

Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, a licensed driver may need to drive you to or from your dental appointment. If you undergo IV sedation, you may need to be supervised for several hours following the procedure.

Additional Anti-Anxiety Procedures:

  1. Computerized Anesthesia
  2. Buffered Anesthesia
  3. Injection Technique
  4. Electric “Low Noise” Dental Equipment, reduces vibration & sound
  5. No injection Anesthesia “Cetacaine Liquid”
  6. Gentle Soothing Bedside Manner