Sedation is used to create a relaxed, easy and calm feeling using just a pill. Oral sedation dentistry is now the most common technique used in the United States to deal with patient fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medications create such a comfortable experience that most Patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. In reality, Oral Sedation Dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation. (Note that sedation is different from anesthetic injections)
On your Conscious Sedation appointment day it is important to have a responsible caregiver accompany you to the procedure (and drive you there if you must take oral medication before arriving for your appointment). The caregiver should drive you home after the procedure is complete and stay with you for an additional two to four hours at home.
One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as Smile Makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.
If you are reluctant to improve your Smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, relax, you are not alone! Sedation Dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a Smile you can be proud of! Others will notice your Brighter Smile and you will make better first impressions, have you more confidence, have better relationships, maybe a better job and ultimately a better life!
Also, Sedation Dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis so Patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.
Sleep Dentistry or Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry has also been referred to as "Sleep dentistry", but this term might be misleading. Actually, you do not sleep during the procedure, but because of the effects produced by the sedative, you may feel sleepy. Sedation Dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure for safety reasons, but you will feel relaxed and likely won't remember much about your treatment. (The use of general anesthesia is not the same as sedation dentistry)
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