Sedation Dentistry2018-10-10T22:30:22+00:00

Sedation Dentistry

The 4M Dental Implant Treatment is Painless with Sedation Dentistry

Avoiding the dentist is a sure way to create bigger – and more expensive – oral health issues. Fear and anxiety of going to the dentist aren’t the only reasons why patients choose sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is helpful for those who have very low pain thresholds, extra sensitive teeth, or need an extensive amount of work done. Depending upon the procedure you’re having, your level of comfort/unease, and health, all will play a part in determining the type of sedation that is right for you.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

I have been going to ABD for years and it is the best care I have ever had for my teeth. From the moment you walk in you are greeted with a smile from every part of the staff.  ~Erica

There are four levels of sedation commonly employed by dentists: minimal, moderate, deep, and general anesthesia.

Minimal

Minimal sedation relieves your apprehension, you’ll feel calm and relaxed.  At this level of sedation you are conscious with a minimum effect on your senses. Inhaling nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or taking doctor prescribed pills, such as Halcion, are ways to achieve minimal sedation.

Moderate

A lessened state of consciousness. You will be very relaxed, groggy and possibly doze off. Throughout the procedure you’ll be aware of the doctor and assistants and will be able to respond appropriately. Though conscious, you may not remember the procedure. Moderate sedation is reached usually with a higher dosage of prescribed Halcion.

Deep

Also referred to as ‘twilight sedation’, is a depression of consciousness where you sleep, but can still respond to the doctor and assistants when they need you too. Patients typically don’t recall their procedure at this level of sedation. Under deep sedation, you are able to breath on your own without the need for additional oxygen.

General Anesthesia

This is what is known as being ‘put under’. This is a state of total unconsciousness in which you are unable to respond to outside stimuli and will have no memory of the procedure. At 4M Dental Implant Center, we do not offer general anesthesia as there are no procedures we do that require it. We offer are minimal, moderate, and deep sedation.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Many people have concerns about the safety of sedation. When administered correctly by a trained and licensed professional, sedation is very common and considered safe and suitable for most.

At 4M Dental Implant Center, we take into consideration your overall health, any medications you are taking and what procedure you’re having done.

We employ safety precautions such as making sure you have a responsible driver to bring you to and pick you up from your appointment and we never ever leave you alone for a single moment while you’re asleep – a doctor or an assistant is always by your side.

Dr. Sean Mohtashami headshot

Dr Sean Mohtashami sedation licensed

Sedation: Keep in Mind

Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and successful oral and/or IV sedation experience:

  • Women cannot be pregnant
  • Possible side effects may include: prolonged drowsiness, light headedness, amnesia, and nausea
  • Must have a responsible adult drive you to and from surgery
  • You must come in to your surgery with a completely empty stomach – no eating or drinking 8 hours before your surgery
  • Refrain from making any important decisions
  • No operating big machinery 
  • Must inform the doctor about any illness you have or medications you’re taking regardless how insignificant it might seem to you
  • If you’re having IV sedation keep in mind discomfort, swelling or bruising at the site where the IV was inserted is possible

Sedation: Keep in Mind

Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and successful oral and/or IV sedation experience:

  • Women cannot be pregnant
  • Possible side effects may include: prolonged drowsiness, light headedness, amnesia, and nausea
  • Must have a responsible adult drive you to and from surgery
  • You must come in to your surgery with a completely empty stomach – no eating or drinking 8 hours before your surgery
  • Refrain from making any important decisions
  • No operating big machinery 
  • Must inform the doctor about any illness you have or medications you’re taking regardless how insignificant it might seem to you
  • If you’re having IV sedation keep in mind discomfort, swelling or bruising at the site where the IV was inserted is possible
Dr M in 4M Dental Implant surgery

Saying I am scared of dentists is an understatement. Petrified doesn’t even describe my fear. It had been over 15 years since I was seen by a dentist. My teeth were loose, not a pretty picture and surely not a pretty smile. I visited many sedation dentists in town and thankfully I found Dr. Sean and staff. They were all so very patient with me and truly understood my fear. There was never any pain with the procedures nor did I have to sit in the waiting room more than minutes, (very important when you are nervous). Today, I have an amazing smile and more importantly I conquered my fear of dentists.  ~Elaine

Will I Feel Any Pain?

Often you sedation dentistry will consist of a combination of a sedative to relax you and an anesthetic to block pain. When given by a certified professional, it’s an effective combination.

Throughout a more intensive procedure, such as a 4M Dental Implant procedure, pain killers are administered during and after with the aid of an IV to make sure you are as comfortable as possible.

Sedation dentistry is safe and effective and will make your visit a comfortable, stress-free one.

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