Why choose sedation dentistry?
Are you someone who avoids going to the Dentist? Does the thought of dental treatment make you extremely anxious, nervous or frightened? For some of us, these feelings are so severe, dental treatment is totally avoided. Sedation dentistry can be your answer.
Dr. Stacey Vlachos is pleased to offer safe and effective conscious oral sedation and IV sedation to our patients at The Massa Dental Center. Sedation will put you in a state of relaxation, but still conscious enough to respond to direction, and you will remember very little about your actual procedure.
Stop the frequent cycle of delaying treatment due to fear. Tooth, gum problems and oral cancer get worse with each passing year. Missing important check-ups and procedures allow your dental problems to grow more complicated and more expensive to treat. Sedation dentistry can be the answer for comfortable cleanings, exams or the cosmetic dentistry service you have always desired.
What Types of Sedation Do You Use?
At Massa Dental we offer two forms of sedation, oral or IV sedation. Both methods deliver a similar sort of relaxation and a kind of twilight sleep, where you’re awake but totally relaxed. Both methods also tend to have an amnesia type of effect afterward, where you don’t remember much about your appointment. Our Naples patients like both of these benefits of sedation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Some patients mistakenly think that sedation means anesthesia, but that’s not the case. Our patients feel nothing during any procedure due to our anesthetics. Sedation isn’t to handle pain — that’s the role of anesthesia — but to help patients deal with strong feelings of fear and anxiety that arise when they visit the dentist. After receiving sedation and successfully completing their appointment, patients often change the entire way they view dental appointments going forward. Sedation could be a great option if you:
- Have difficult overcoming anxiety about the dentist
- Have a low pain threshold
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Have a very strong gag reflex
- Need a large amount of work done
Once you are sedated and comfortable, we then properly numb, or anesthetize, the area we are working on, ensuring that your procedure is pain-free.
Will I Feel Any Pain With Sedation Dentistry?
No, you won’t feel a thing. Plus, you’ll have little to no memory of your entire appointment.
Can Sedation Dentistry Allow Me To Handle More Involved Appointments?
Another great thing about sedation dentistry with the team at Massa Dental is that it allows you to handle longer, more involved appointments. Often more complex procedures such as smile makeovers or TMJ treatment can involve more time for your appointment, or could often require multiple appointments. When a patient is sedated, however, we are able to perform more work in a single session. Sore gums can be rejuvenated, crowns can be replaced, yellow or stained teeth can be whitened, and chipped teeth can be bonded or covered with veneers — all while you’re basically in twilight sleep. Afterward, you won’t remember much, if anything, about your lengthy session.
Is There Anything I Need To Do To Prepare For Sedation?
There isn’t anything you need to do prior to your appointment at Massa. Simply know that any of the usual anxiety you feel will soon be relieved and you’ll be completely at ease and comfortable.
What Is Oral Sedation?
With oral sedation, a pill, usually similar to Valium, is given about 30 minutes to an hour before the start of your procedure. This will make you drowsy, but you’re still awake and you can still respond to certain directions from Dr. Massa, Dr. Vlachos, or Dr. Cocris. If you prefer moderate sedation, we can simply increase the dosage.
What Are the Risks with Oral Conscious Sedation?
Oral sedation also has an amnesiac effect. While technically a side effect, most patients see this as a benefit because they can’t remember anything from their appointment. This helps them lower their anxiety for future appointments. Oral medications can also cause dry mouth, headaches, dizziness, and occasional nausea, but these all pass quickly.
How Long Does Oral Sedation Last?
For most patients, the effects of oral sedation last from two to four hours after their appointment. You need a ride to and from your appointment, plus shouldn’t drive for an additional 12 hours.
What Is IV Sedation?
This type of sedation is delivered intravenously and works instantly. An advantage of IV sedation is that we can adjust the levels continually. For instance, if we need you to respond to instructions, we can lighten the level for a bit and then increase it again.
How Long Does IV Sedation Last?
For some patients, IV sedation wears off almost immediately after the administration is stopped. For others, they can feel its effects for a few hours after their appointment is over. Patients shouldn’t drive or operate machinery for 24 hours afterward.
What Are the Risks with IV Sedation?
The biggest risk with IV sedation is over-sedation. Reaching too deep a level of sedation can be dangerous for medically compromised patients. Over-sedation can also lead to respiratory depression. At Massa, we continually monitor the patient’s vital signs to mitigate any of these risks.
See What Our Patients Have To Say
“Thank you so much for giving me such a beautiful smile with no pain before, during, and after the procedure. My experience with you and your staff was incredible and wiped out my dental phobia. My teeth are white and they look so natural! I get a lot of compliments and smile even more. You are the best and you deserve the utmost respect.” – Marie
“I feel honored to be one of your patients and will continually recommend you to anyone who needs a first class dentist.” – Jan
To read more patient testimonials of their experience here at Massa Dental Center, click here!
Will I Need Someone To Drive Me To And From My Appointment?
With either oral or IV sedation, you should not drive afterward (12 hours for oral sedation and 24 hours for IV sedation). So, plan on getting a ride to and from our Naples offices.
When Can I Return To My Normal Activities After A Sedation Appointment?
This is up to you. Some people can feel a little foggy, particularly from oral sedation for a little while. Driving is out with either approach, but other activities are up to you.
If you are interested in learning more about the different levels of sedation dentistry that is provided at The Massa Dental Center Contact our office today!
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