Sedation Dentistry

What’s holding you back?

People have lots of reasons for neglecting or delaying dental procedures, from nervousness about dental instruments to embarrassment about long ignored dental problems.But neglecting your dental health can ruin a beautiful smile – and may even lead to serious complications. Today, the widespread availability of safe, effective sedation dentistry means that there’s no reason to put off treatment any longer. It’s a proven method. Sedation techniques have been used successfully for decades by M.D. anesthesiologists around the world. They are now being used in dental offices with outstanding results. Of course, your dental work may be covered by your insurance. Dr Perry’s team can help you with any financial questions about your treatment or insurance coverage. Preperation is easy. Your treatment coordiantor will advise you on how to prepare for your sedation and dental work. Usually, it’s as easy as not eating a large meal before your treatment. What are you waiting for? Just ask your dentist for more information. He or she will be happy to answer your questions about sedation dentistry and set up an appointment if you decide it’s right for you.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry means that you will be sedated during your dental treatment.Sedation is provided by a sedation dentist and an M.D. anesthesiologist who works side-by-side with the dentist during your care. All of your dental treatment is performed while you are in a safe, painless, twilight sedation. Sedation dentistry is performed in our state-of-the-art dental office. The result is that you feel no anxiety, no fear, no pain, and then wake up after the work is completed. In less than an hour you are ready to leave the office. And best of all, you feel like you had a pleasant nap with little or no memory of the dental appointment. It’s safe, it’s effective, and it makes possible the care that you so desperately need.

Is it safe?

This is the safest type of sedation dentistry.You are sedated and completely comfortable while being cared for by a highly trained sedation dentist and an M.D. anesthesiologist. Your level of sedation is monitored and adjusted throughout your dental appointment so that you have no pain or awareness and no memory of the procedure when its over.

Will I need a driver?

Yes, someone must bring you to the office and take you home at the end of your appointment.At home you will relax and rest comfortably for the rest of the day.

How long will I be sedated?

It depends on the extent of your dental treatment.It can be as short as 1 hour or as long as 3 to 4 hours. Your dentist will tell you the details of your treatment and the length of time needed to complete it. All types of dentistry can be done while you are sedated, from simple cleanings to complete smile makeovers. And it’s not just about helping fearful patients. For those who want to avoid the inconvenience of scheduling multiple regular dental appointments, or those who simply find it difficult to sit for long appointments, sedation dentistry is the answer because all your dentistry can be completed in only one or two appointments.

How can Sedation Dentistry help?

Sedation Dentistry is the answer if you have:

  • Fear and anxiety about going to the dentist.
  • Difficulty getting numb by regular ‘Novocaine’.
  • Severe gag reflex
  • Difficulty sitting still for a long time.
  • Time constraints making multiple dental appointments difficult to schedule.
  • Fear of injections and needles
  • Fear of noise, smell, and feeling of the dental drill.
  • Your safety and comfort is our first concern.
  • Combine all appointments into fewer visits.
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Handicapped patients who are unable to sit still for long periods of time.

Is it right for me?

If you are anxious or concerned about visiting a dentist, sedation dentistry is a great choice.Your dentist can answer any questions you may have about this easy and painless treatment option.

Types of Sedation

Getting sedated doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be “out” for the duration of the procedure. This is certainly an option, but most dentists prefer “conscious sedation,” in which patients are awake, but relaxed or drowsy.

Conscious Sedation

Some people have no anxiety undergoing treatment. Others find it difficult to even enter the dentist’s office. If you are nervous or fearful about dental treatment, sedation can help relax you, making your experience easier and more pleasant. Although your dentist may explain the procedures to you and ask if you have questions, he or she may not perceive or understand your fears. Also, if your dentist doesn’t know you are anxious, he or she may not suggest sedation as an option. Talk to your dentist about your anxiety. That may be enough to relax you. If not, there are many anti-anxiety drugs that can be used during dental treatment. Your dentist can even give you one before your appointment, to use if you have trouble sleeping the night before. If you are given an antianxiety drug to take the night before, you should arrange to be driven to and from the office. Also, avoid alcohol and over-the-counter sleep aids, because they can react with sedating medications. Nitrous oxide is a common inhaled anti-anxiety drug given just before treatment starts. Diazepam (given in pill form) and other similar drugs can be given 30 minutes to an hour before treatment or the preceding night. Diazepam and other oral sedatives do not provide pain relief. You also will receive a local anesthetic injection. Children often receive antihistamine-type sedatives (such as hydroxyzine), which can cause significant dry mouth. Depending on the doses and types of sedatives used, different levels of sedation are achieved. Dr Perry might consider deeper levels of sedation for complex procedures or if you are more anxious.


Very light sedation, usually induced by nitrous oxide. It provides a feeling of having no worries. Conscious sedation. Medium sedation induced by nitrous oxide or intravenous drugs. Your gag reflexes still work and you can respond to commands.

Deep sedation

You are somewhere between conscious and unconscious, but closer to unconscious. You experience a partial loss of your gag reflex and you cannot respond consistently to stimulation or commands. You may also be unable to keep your airway open for breathing independently under deep sedation.

General anesthesia

You are unconscious and cannot keep your airway open for breathing or respond to commands or stimuli. Usually, an endotrachial tube will be used to assist with breathing. If you will be receiving nitrous oxide, eat lightly before and after your appointment. After your dental procedure is over, you will receive oxygen for several minutes to clear the nitrous oxide from your system. If your dentist just takes off the mask without giving you oxygen, you can experience headache or other side effects. These are rare, however, with the 25 to 40 percent concentration of nitrous oxide typically used by dentists. If you are taking medication for psychiatric conditions, talk to your dentist before receiving any sedative.

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