We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving dental care. Dr. Wicklund and his team are committed to make sure that you have a comfortable and positive experience. That is why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing extra comfort during treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving dental care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.
Customized sedation dentistry that is safe and effective
There are different types of sedation dentistry, and you and your doctor will work together to decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.
How sedation dentistry works
About an hour before you begin your dental treatment, you will be given a small pill to help you relax. Due to the sedative nature of the pill, you will need someone to bring you to the appointment. No driving or third party transit is allowed. The same policy is in place for needing another person to take you home and monitor you for four hours at your home.
Your doctor will gently place an IV, typically into one of your arm veins, and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation while still remaining conscious. You will normally have little or no memory of the appointment and have needed dental work accomplished comfortably.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand that you may have many questions about sedation dentistry before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry:
- Will I feel anything during my treatment?
We will use local anesthetic to numb areas that are needing treatment. There is very little discomfort and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
- Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious or having general anesthesia?
No. You will still be conscious and responsive but you will be in a deep state of relaxation.
- Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, your doctor will help you decide if IV sedation is right for your treatment.
- How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you've received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, it is necessary that you have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you should not drive, drink alcohol, operate machinery or make important decisions that day.
- Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Nearly all patients who are in good health are candidates for sedation dentistry. Pregnant woman unfortunately cannot be treated with IV sedatives. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask your doctor about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
- Extreme dental anxiety, or fear of visiting the dentist
- Fear of needles and/or shots
- Past traumatic dental experience
- Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist's office
- Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Need for a more complex dental treatment
- Self-consciousness about one's teeth
- Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment