Sedation Dentists

If you are someone who cringes at the sounds in dental offices and has a fear of needles, someone who has sensitive teeth or someone who is immune to the numbing effects of typical freezing techniques you might be a candidate for sedation dentists.

Sedation dentists allows patients to become drowsy and, in most cases, sleep right through their cosmetic dental surgery procedures. The actual process involves

patients taking an analgesic or sedative about an hour before their procedure. [Pullout:

] When the medication kicks in the patient usually becomes extremely relaxed and drifts into a sleep-like state.

When they become coherent after surgery most patients have no memory of their procedure at all.

If you are ready to embrace healthy teeth and gums, relax, with sedation dentists you will drift away into dreamland and wake up with a sparkling, new smile.

Choosing A Sedation Dentist

Inquire about the dentist and staff members' specific level of education in sedation dentistry. There is limited training provided in dental school specifically for sedation dentistry. However, there are continuing education programs provided by organizations such as the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Additionally, specialty training in anesthesia can be obtained during a dentist's post-graduate work.

Inquire about the type of monitoring equipment that is used while performing a procedure with sedation including: a pulse oximeter, oxygen equipment and reversal medication agents that aid in case of an adverse reaction.

Inquire about receiving a pre- and post-procedure instruction list. This list will prepare you and your companion for the day of the procedure.

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