What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a technique that alters your central nervous system using sedative drugs to produce a calm and relaxed feeling during dental procedures.
What sedatives will I be given?
Sleep dentist Dr. Alhadef will discuss the options with you in detail, and, depending on your procedure and any previous experience you may have had with any given drug, he will select one appropriate to you. Drugs commonly used for sedation dentistry include triazolam, diazepam (trade name Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), zaleoplon (Sonata), and hydroxyzine (Vistaril).
Will I Be Asleep During Sedation?
There is often the misconception that you will be asleep during sedation dentistry. This is not always true. Dr. Alhadef uses different drugs to sedate patients—some will make you drowsy enough that you fall asleep; others will merely calm you to help control your anxiety.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
If you have any of the following, sedation dentistry could be right for you:
- Fear of dental treatment
- Difficulty getting numb
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Unusually sensitive teeth
- History of traumatic dental experiences
- Limited time to get your dental care completed
- Complex dental problems; or a need for surgery
- In denial of a dental problem until the pain is unbearable
- Often schedule, and then cancel dental appointments
Will I Remember My Treatment?
One attractive benefit of this medication is amnesia. You will remember very little of the procedure, or nothing at all depending on how your body reacts. This is an appealing characteristic for someone who has a strong fear of dental work and anxiety about visiting the dentist.
Are There Any Side Effects?
You will probably feel drowsy the day after your appointment. Some people will experience nausea, but that is mostly because they haven’t eaten. After drinking fluids and eating some food, most people feel back to normal. You shouldn’t drive until 24 hours after your appointment. We require someone drive you home after your sedation dentistry treatment.
If you have dental anxieties and are interested in sleep dentistry, contact sedation dentist Dr. Gary Alhadef. He happily serves the areas of Plano, Irving, Fort Worth, and Dallas.