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What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows your doctor to provide a variety of dental treatments safely and comfortably for patients who experience anxiety when visiting the dentistry or require complex dental treatment. Sedation dentistry can be used for all dental procedure, even cleanings. There are several benefits to sedation dentistry including:
- No memory of undergoing the procedure
- No sense of time while under sedation
- No sense of smell or sound
- No fear or anxiety during treatment
- Ability to complete a large amount of dental work in a single visit
Patients who have undergone a procedure using sedation dentistry will tell you it is a simple, relaxing way to experience dentistry.
Our Sedation Dentistry services are provided by Dr. Bob Lalor at our Vestal Office location only. He is certified by New York State in Parenteral Conscious Sedation and has been providing Sedation Dentistry Services in our community for over ten years. Our Sedation Team is especially trained to ease the fears of our most anxious patients and ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable as possible.
Why Sedation Dentistry?
Patients who benefit from Sedation Dentistry may have:
- Extreme fear or anxiety of visiting the dentist
- A difficult time sitting still for long periods of time
- A hard time getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
- Problems with a gag reflex
- Overly sensitive teeth
- A severe aversion to dental sounds and smells
- A need for complex dental treatment
- Past traumatic dental experience
Lalor Family Dental works to make an office visit a positive experience so patients will continue to seek care for their smiles and maintain good oral health.
Types of Conscious Sedation Available
Inhalation Sedation: A patient breathes in Nitrous Oxide Oxygen, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” to obtain a relaxed state. Patients recover immediately upon discontinuation of the administration of the gas. Patients may leave the dental office alone and return to normal activities right away.
Oral Sedation: Patient will take a prescribed oral medication about one hour prior to treatment that will leave them in a deeply relaxed though fully conscious state. Patients will not be able to drive after taking this medication.
IV Sedation: A sedative is administered intravenously or directly into a patient’s vein. This form of sedation does require the patient to be monitored for blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate so that the IV sedation dosage can be adjusted as needed. Patient may not leave the office without an escort/caregiver for the remainder of the day. The patient will not remember any of the procedure and will feel as though they were asleep.
How Does the IV Sedation Process Work?
Most adults, but not all, are candidates for conscious IV Sedation Dentistry. Special attention is given to initial patient concerns and pre-operative preparation for all IV sedation cases to ensure patients have a safe and comfortable experience.
- Patient begins with a consultation in which they answer questions , meet Dr. Bob Lalor and the Sedation Team, and review their medical history.
- If the patient is a candidate for IV sedation, an examination will follow which includes photos, x-rays, and discussing and prioritizing their needs with the doctor.
- Patients will be given a detailed explanation for the procedure and treatment they will receive and their needs will be finalized.
- Next, the patient will meet with a patient advocate to set up an appointment for the sedation visit and make financial arrangements.
IV Sedation Visit:
- Patient will take a prescribed oral medication about one hour before the scheduled visit. This will help them arrive in a deeply relaxed state, though fully responsive. They will not be able to drive after taking this medication.
- Upon arriving at the office, the team administers the IV sedation before beginning any dental treatment.
- During the procedure, the patient is not unconscious, but mentally “detached” from what’s going on. The team completes the pre-planned dental treatment.
- The sedative usually lasts about six hours and the patient will need a ride from the appointment as well as post-operative supervision for the remainder of the day.
- The Sedation Team will provide the patient’s caregiver with post-operative care details specific to the treatment they received.
- The Sedation Team will follow up with the patient and/or their caregiver over the phone later in the evening and/or the next day to ensure that he/she is doing well.
- Patients will have little or no memory of the actual dental visit.