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Sedation Dentistry: Advantages & FAQ

Advantages of Sedation Dentistry:

  • Safe, effective way of relieving the fear & anxiety associated with going to the dentist
  • Years of dentistry can be completed in one visit
  • Sleep soundly through your dental visit (with little or no memory of the visit)
  • During the procedure, patients have no awareness of the sights, sounds, or smells of the dental office
  • Patients are breathing on their own and are not intubated
  • Patients with physical and/or mental handicaps can be treated
  • Patients with behavioral issues can be treated
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Commonly Asked Questions

I.V. SEDATION… WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?

I.V. sedation is a proven clinical approach that has been used for years, allowing thousands of patients to receive the dental care they need (and might have otherwise avoided).

 

The Advance Dentistry team of doctors — which has amassed a combined total of 55 years of experience with I.V. sedation — is one of the leading providers of I.V. sedation treatment in the country.

 

WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

 

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

 

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

 

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

 

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure. 

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

WILL I REMEMBER ANYTHING FROM MY I.V. SEDATION PROCEDURE?

Most patients wake up after their treatments with little to no memory of the procedure itself.

 

WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

 

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

 

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

 

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

 

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

HOW LONG WILL I BE SEDATED?

Depending on each patient's specific needs and treatment plan, an I.V. sedation procedure may last anywhere from half an hour to several hours.

 

WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

 

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

 

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

 

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

 

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

 

WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

I.V. SEDATION... HOW DOES IT WORK?

I.V. sedation allows patients to remain relaxed and comfortable during their dental procedures.

Much like the experience of having a minor medical procedure administered in an outpatient hospital setting, I.V. sedation lets patients complete their dental treatment while staying unaware of the sights and sounds of the procedure.

After the procedure is completed (as the patient gradually becomes more & more alert), the local anesthetic applied during the procedure allows the process to remain as comfortable as possible.

WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

I.V. SEDATION... WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?

For most patients, the easiest way to understand I.V. sedation is to think in terms of other (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures — a colonoscopy, for instance.

If you’ve ever heard the term “twilight sleep” (though that is a much less specific, much more general term), that essentially points to the same type of experience that patients have during I.V. sedation procedures here at Advance Dentistry.

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

I.V. sedation... How is it DIFFERENT from general anesthesia?

Great question.

There are lots of differences.
But the easiest for lots of patients to remember is…

Breathing.

* In general anesthesia — the type of anesthesia used during longer surgeries, for instance — breathing must be supported by specific medical equipment.

* With our sedation — the type of sedation used in procedures here at Advance Dentistry — patients are able to breath entirely on their own. Blood pressure, likewise, remains within normal limits. As do heart rates.

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — patients gradually become more & more conscious during the hours following their respective procedures. Patients will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

Most will have little to no memory of the procedure itself.

NOTE:
You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities following your I.V. sedation procedure. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure. 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

After my I.V. sedation procedure... Do I need someone to drive me home?

Yes. You will need to have someone drive you home following your I.V. sedation procedure.

Just like with other outpatient procedures — colonoscopy, some LASIK surgeries, etc. — you will gradually become more & more conscious during the few hours following your procedure. You will not, however, be fully alert directly afterward.

You will be unable to drive a car, operate machinery, or execute similar activities. It is therefore important to plan on having someone drive you home following your procedure.

We've found that, for most patients, the easiest way to approach planning for an I.V. sedation procedure is to think in terms of those (perhaps more familiar) outpatient procedures mentioned above. 

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

How many visits will my treatment take?

Each patient is different.
Every patient’s treatment plan is unique to them.

One patient might require a procedure that’s relatively straightforward.
Another patient might require a sequence of procedures that are a bit more involved.

In general, though, the use of I.V. sedation allows our team to complete more during a single visit.
That, of course, can significantly decrease a patient's number of visits.

And for patients who experience some level of fear &or anxiety surrounding "visiting the dentist"...

That’s a pretty big deal. 

 

Want to learn more about the I.V. sedation experience?
GIVE US A CALL: 513-272-9009

Additional Questions?
Call, send an email, or chat with us via our website.  We’re happy to address any of your questions or concerns.

Contact us to schedule a pain-free appointment at Advance Dentistry today!

"My entire visit was great. Before sedation dentistry I dreaded going to the dentist, but just knowing that sedation is an option, takes away all the fear and dread. You guys rock!"

- Sheila S.

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