questions to ask your sedation dentist triangleQuestions to ask your Sedation Dentist

If you tend to develop anxious feelings towards going to the dentist or are downright fearful of the thought, then sedation dentistry may be an excellent option for you. That way, you can undergo the dental care that you need without the terrible feelings of anxiousness and anxiety.

Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding sedation dentistry. Hopefully, this will help you feel comfortable and confident with your upcoming sedation dentistry appointment.

What is sedation dentistry?

With sedation dentistry, we can perform a variety of dental procedures while a patient is asleep. At Triangle Periodontics, we use an IV sedation method that means you will be semi-conscious throughout your procedure but still able to follow our instructions. This type of sedation dentistry allows you to have an anxiety-free dental experience.

How exactly does IV sedation work?

During IV sedation, you will experience a “light” sleep. It is important to note that this has a different effect than general anesthesia, which is complete unconsciousness (like what takes place for a major surgery). IV sedation is a safe and effective way of feeling relaxed; yet you will most likely not remember your procedure.

Will I be able to breathe on my own?

Yes. While under the effects of IV sedation, you will still be able to breathe on your own. Since you are mildly sedated, there is no need for breathing assistance. However, our team will closely monitor your oxygen and heart levels throughout the procedure so that if any complication were to arise, we could remedy it immediately.

Will I need someone to drive me to and from of my appointment?

Yes. Since the effects of IV sedation may take several hours or more before it completely wears off, you should plan to have someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment. That person should also be able to stick around in the waiting area throughout your procedure in case a complication does occur. Also, you may want to plan on taking the day off from work, and just relax at home for the remainder of the day.

How long does it take for the effects of sedation to wear off?

It may take a few hours for the effects of the sedation to wear off. However, when it does you will feel yourself again, although you may feel a bit groggy the rest of the day. Just be sure to take it easy, avoid driving, operating machinery or dangerous equipment until the next day.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. There have been many studies conducted on the safety and effectiveness of IV sedation. However, certain medical conditions may prevent someone from undergoing IV sedation. This is why it is important to discuss your entire medical history with Dr. Washington before your sedation appointment. Also, be sure to list any medications, vitamins or supplements that you take as they may interfere with the safety and effectiveness of the sedation.

Will the sedation make me feel sick?

Although rare, a case of mild nausea may occur in conjunction with IV sedation. However, we will be sure to provide you with specific pre-operative instructions as far as your diet before your procedure. Adhering to our suggestions will reduce your chance of feeling sick afterward.

Is sedation dentistry right for me?

IV sedation dentistry may be right for you if you experience anxiety or fear toward going to the dentist, have a strong gag reflex, or are unable to sit still for a lengthy appointment. However, it may not be right for everyone, which is why it is important to discuss your medical history and any concerns that you may have ahead of time. We also offer the option of nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” which may be better suited for some patients.

To learn more about IV sedation or any of our other services, contact Triangle Periodontics by calling (919) 782-9536 to schedule a consultation.

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