Conscious Sedation Dentistry
Conscious sedation allows even the most fearful and anxious patients to have a relaxing and comfortable dental visit. Since they are more comfortable, Dr. Stephenson is able to accomplish the work of several appointments in just one.
While the goal of general anesthesia is for the patient to sleep, in dentistry it is much more common to use conscious sedation, where the patient is minimally sedated and comfortable, yet still awake.
When Dr. Stephenson uses conscious dental sedation with nitrous oxide, you don’t fall asleep but you are very comfortable and pain free. Remember your comfort is our most important goal.
Oral Dental Sedation
Oral sedation is another wonderful option for patients who need more than just nitrous oxide, but don’t need or want IV Sedation or general anesthesia. It allows you to be comfortably sedated, or asleep, through an entire dental visit using just a small pill. You will be prescribed a pill to take one hour prior to your scheduled dental visit. It is imperative that you have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment. You should not operate a motor vehicle for several hours after receiving oral conscious sedation.
While all methods of sedation in dentistry are very safe, the history of oral sedation has been especially safe as well as very effective. Dr. Stephenson uses very common medications that are extremely safe and widely prescribed. Your vital signs will be constantly monitored from the moment you arrive at the office through the appointment, and until we are certain you are ready to leave. In fact, the whole dental team is highly trained in safety and emergency procedures, making Prevention Dental one of the safest places you can be!
Many of the medications used in conscious sedation have an amnesiac effect as well, leaving patients with little or no memory of their dental appointment even though they have never been under general anesthesia.
Contact us for more information regarding sedation dentistry or to schedule an appointment today!