If you are terrified of going to the dentist, conscious sedation may be the answer. Prior to any treatment your medical and dental history will be reviewed and assessed for suitability. On the day of your appointment, you'll take medication - as a pill or drink. A companion needs to escort you to and from your visit to us. We monitor you very closely while you are sedated. Most patients have little or no memory of the visit.
Frequently asked questions about sleep dentistry
- Who is a candidate?
- Dental phobics ie extreme fear of dentistry
- People who experience difficulty getting numb
- People with a pronounced gag reflex
- You require a long appointment
- People with complex dental problems
- Needle phobics
- Can I eat or drink before hand?
- Light meal and small drink 1 to 2 hours before hand is okay.
- Will I feel any pain?
- Numbing injections may still be necessary.Most people experience no pain or discomfort at all.
- How does it work?
- The sedative drug removes your anxiety and relaxes you. Most people fall asleep during the treatment but you are not unconscious. ie we can wake you up at any time.
- Will I remember anything?
- At the end of the sedation dentistry appointment, you'll have little or no memory of your dental treatment.
- How will I be afterwards?
- It varies. Some people feel completely normal and others may still feel sleepy. For your safety, we do require that you have a family member or a close friend escort you home.
- Is Sedation safe?
- Conscious sedation dentistry has been used safely for over 30 years with millions of dental and medical procedures. Prior to starting any treatment, we review your medical history. We use monitoring equipment to check you very closely while you're under sedation.