Sedation dentistry is perfect for those who experience an overwhelming sense of panic and anxiety when going to the dentist. In addition, many people simply would rather “not be there” while we do their dental treatment. Any type of procedure you need can be done under sedation in a relaxing and comfortable manner. You’ll have very little memory of your appointment and awake refreshed and feeling good.
Sedation dentistry allows for faster treatment because in most cases all your needs can be taken care of in as little as one visit. This is far better than having to take off work many, many times to have only 1 or 2 things done at each visit. This solves both the fear and the time problems for most people.
Sedation Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
How does Conscious Sedation Dentistry work?
Dr. Rutherford uses oral conscious sedation. For this treatment, you will be given a pill to take the night before the procedure. By the time you arrive for the appointment, you will be drowsy and in a very relaxed state of mind. During the procedure, no IV needles will be needed and your vital signs will be monitored. Most patients tend to sleep during the treatment, though they can respond to given questions or requests. Dr. Rutherford will perform your cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure while you are under sedation. When it is complete, you will go home and “sleep it off” and have little or no memory of the appointment. Call us for a free brochure and audio CD explaining more about oral conscious sedation.
How does Sedation Dentistry differ from general anesthesia?
Unlike a hospital operation under general anesthesia with its risks, sedation dentistry allows you to remain awake but in a deep state of relaxation. This makes it possible to experience your dental procedure with no pain and little or no memory of the appointment. Sedation Dentistry is therefore very safe.
How long will I be under sedation?
This depends on what you’re having done that day. You’ll be sedated for as long as it takes us to complete everything we’ve planned to do for you. Usually it takes between two and six hours.
Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, Due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to and from the office, and stay with you for the remainder of that evening. The following day, however, you’ll be completely normal and can resume your everyday activities.
How can I learn more about Sedation Dentistry?
To learn more about oral conscious sedation and find out if it is right for you, contact Dr. Rutherford – The Gentle Dental Doc or click here to visit the website of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), which trains dentists nationwide and internationally to provide this for their patients. Due to his extensive education and experience in sedation, Dr. Rutherford was recently honored by being granted Fellowship in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, a distinction achieved by fewer than 2% of its member dentists.