Here at the PA Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics, we understand that many patients have fears about dental treatment. In fact, statistics indicate that millions of adults in the United States are affected with some form of dental anxiety that keeps them from visiting a dentist with any regularity.
Therefore, we provide our patients with Oral Conscious Sedation which will allow them to receive the treatment they need while in a comfortable, sleep-like state.
You will receive a carefully controlled dose of anti-anxiety medication (i.e., Valium, Halcion or Xanax) which you will take the night before your procedure and then approximately a half hour before your treatment is scheduled to begin (always taken on an empty stomach). Upon your arrival at our office, you will receive a second dose which will put you into a relaxed, but conscious state. You will be able to follow simple instructions but typically have no memory of the procedure once it is complete.
For longer procedures, or in the case of extreme dental phobia, we partner with Lehigh Anesthesia Associates, highly skilled and board-certified anesthesiologists who will administer Full IV Sedation in our office. With IV sedation, you will be completely put to sleep during your treatment, with all vital signs being carefully monitored by an anesthesiologist.
Through the use of sedation dentistry, we can make your dental experience a pleasant one. You will not aware of any aspects of treatment that may have previously caused you anxiety. Nearly all aspects of dental implant and periodontal surgical treatment can be performed under sedation, with most procedures often accomplished in much less time.
Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry might be an option if you experience:
- High level of dental phobia that has made you avoid treatment
- Difficulty remaining still
- Overly sensitive teeth
- Limited time to complete extensive work
- Difficulty getting numb
- Physical limitations that make it hard to control movement
- Mental disabilities
- Severe gag reflex
Oral sedation dentistry is a safe and effective technique that has been used successfully for millions of patients who may have anxiety or phobias, who require extensive restorative or cosmetic dental procedures, or who simply can’t sit still. Your sedation options will be discussed with you during your treatment planning session.