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Sedation Dentistry

Have you been afraid to call a dentist, even though you know it’s time for a cleaning and /or you need dental care? Do you feel anxious or fearful about going into a dental office, and thus avoid it? Are you in pain now, but can’t bear the thought of receiving dental treatment? Do you wish that you could feel relaxed, safe, and comfortable every time you visit the dentist? Would you prefer to have complex dental treatment or surgery performed in just one, painless visit?

If so, you’ll be pleased to know that sedation dentistry is the answer to your concerns.

Did you know…

that Dr. Bates is able to provide three different types of sedation dentistry? You can opt for sedation administered in one of the following ways:

  • Oral Sedation – A pharmacological agent administered prior to treatment to alleviate anxiety and help patients relax.
  • Inhalation Sedation – Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide offers a euphoric feeling that makes dental treatments more pleasant.
  • IV Sedation – This is a deeper conscious sedation reserved for patients who want little or no memory of their dental visits.

All of these types of sedation dentistry provide the same benefit: They allow you to get the dental treatment you need, without fear or discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Only you and Dr. Bates can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with Dr. Bates to discuss what level of sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

That depends on the type of sedation you undergo. Oral sedation is relatively simple and involves taking a prescribed medication here in the office about an hour prior to starting your procedure. You’ll feel more relaxed, yet completely aware of your surroundings during treatment. If you choose nitrous oxide, you’ll be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.

If IV sedation is right for you, you’ll be instructed to avoid foods and beverages the night before your treatment. A sedative will be administered to you intravenously prior to your procedure, causing you to fall into a deeper conscious sedated state. Dr. Bates will monitor you throughout the procedure and adjust dosage as needed.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

Depending on the type of sedation you undergo, a licensed driver may need to drive you home from your dental appointment. If you undergo IV sedation, you may need to be supervised for several hours following the procedure.