Sedation dentistry is a method of helping you relax by using anti-anxiety medication throughout your dental visit. It also decreases your sensitivity to pain. If you have had traumatic dental experiences in the past or had trouble getting numb, sedation can make you so relaxed that you may not even remember your appointment. Even if you are not nervous about dental appointments, sedation can help you comfortably receive lengthy or complex dental procedures.
Dental sedation can help you relax during any dental procedure you receive, including:
- Cosmetic dentistry
- Dental implants
- Uncomfortable or lengthy procedures
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Sedation dentistry is safe. According to the American Dental Association, dentists who provide sedation must comply with state laws for sedation education and training and administering the medication. At Dentistry by Brooksher, our team is attentive to your needs during every appointment, even if a procedure does not require sedation.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation dentistry achieved with commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication. Arrange for transportation to and from your appointment because the medication will make you drowsy. Dr. Brooksher uses oral conscious sedation and will thoroughly review your medical and prescription histories first to give you safe, comfortable care.
What Can You Expect with Dental Sedation?
When you receive dental sedation in the oral conscious form, you can expect the following:
- You will take the medication about an hour before your dental appointment and arrive at our office very relaxed.
- We will monitor your vital signs throughout your procedure and ensure a staff member is always with you.
- Although you will be sedated, you will be able to respond to instructions and questions during your dental appointment.
- The drowsiness will linger after your appointment, so you will need to relax for the rest of the day.
- You probably will not remember what happened during your appointment.
What Our Patients Say
“I have horrible anxiety at dental offices. I have never been as comfortable as I am at Dr. Brooksher’s office. Everyone is really nice, accommodating, and understanding!” – Jay Alex
“Dr. Brooksher and everyone in his office are very friendly and make the patients feel comfortable and safe. He works to create the best dental procedure that you feel works best for you.” –
“Dr. Brooksher and his wonderful staff have served my family for years. Painless, respectful dental care!” – Judy M.
Our Commitment to Your Comfort
Past negative dental experiences are often the cause of dental anxiety. Dr. Brooksher and our entire staff are sensitive to your anxiety and what triggers it. We make every effort to ensure you feel welcome and comfortable throughout your visit.
Before the date of your dental procedure, Dr. Brooksher will ensure you understand what to expect with sedation dentistry before, during, and after it. Many of our patients have found that in time, their consistently positive and relaxing experiences help decrease their overall anxiety about dental appointments and reduce the need for sedation. They look forward to visiting with us.
If you are interested in how sedation can help you enjoy relaxing, productive dental visits, call us to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.