In addition to the sedative, Dr. Holloman uses local anesthesia to provide profound numbness. As a result, there is no pain with the procedure. Our patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with typically no memory of the treatment.
No. You will still be conscious and responsive but you will be in a deep state of relaxation. The difference between general anesthesia and conscious sedation is level of consciousness and your bodies ability to maintain its protective reflexes. The patient usually can not tell any difference with the experience. In the rare situations where a patient would benefit from general anesthesia, Dr. Holloman works with a anesthesiologist who will come in to provide the general anesthesia.
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive dental treatment. Before starting your treatment with IV sedation, Dr. Holloman will consult with your general physician to make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo sedation.Dr. Holloman uses a very conservative approach to sedation, carefully bringing the patient down to the desired level of relaxation. As a team, we have undergone advanced training to provide sedation dentistry, and continue to have annual training to handle rare complications.
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you’ve received, how long your treatment is, and how quickly your own body can recover. Because sedation causes drowsiness, you must have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment, and stay with you afterwards to monitor for adequate recovery.
People of all ages who experience dental anxiety and do not have uncontrolled medical conditions are good candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask Dr. Holloman about sedation dentistry as an option for your next dental treatment:
– Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
– Fear of needles and/or shots
– Past traumatic dental experience
– Inability to handle the smells or noises at a dentist’s office
– Overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
– Need for a more complex dental treatment
– Self-consciousness about one’s teeth
– Desire for a more comfortable dental treatment