What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “Sleep Dentistry,” is a safe, gentle option used to help patients relax while they are having dental treatment. Medication will be used but you usually remain awake, unless you opt for a general anesthetic which will make you sleep.
Dr. Wardius will discuss the sedation options with you so that you can choose the one you prefer and which he feels is best suited to your circumstances:
Oral sedation involves taking one or more medications at our office within an hour of the scheduled procedure to produce a calm, drowsy effect. Many of our patients feel so comfortable that they fall into a light sleep during the dental treatment and leave our office feeling refreshed.
IV Sedation (or Intravenous Sedation) involves administering sedation medication through a special drip into a vein in the arm or hand. IV sedation is safe, effective, and best of all works quickly. It is often called “Sleep Dentistry” because it puts you into a very relaxed and dreamlike state. You feel almost no pain, but at the same time, you are able to respond if your dentist asks you questions during the procedure. (To be provided)
As well as being sedated, Dr. Wardius will still apply a local anesthetic into your gum so that you will not feel any pain while he works on your teeth.