Sedation dentistry allows those who have had bad experiences or poor treatment in the past to finally not fear going to the dentist. Using sedation dentistry, we may be able to complete many different procedures, including complex smile makeovers, in just one office visit to our Clearwater, FL dental office.
With IV sedation dentistry at the office of Andrew Holloman, DDS, you won’t know what happened, won’t care what happened, and won’t remember what happened. If that sounds good to you, then IV sedation dentistry is the option for you!
How IV sedation works
About an hour before you arrive at our Clearwater dental office, you will take a light oral sedative, prescribed by Dr. Holloman, to help you relax. Due to the sedative nature of the pill, you will need someone to accompany you to your appointment because you will not be able to drive. When you arrive at our practice, our staff will be waiting for you and will escort you to a private room where you’ll be treated.
Dr. Holloman will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up with little or no memory of the appointment, and with a beautiful, healthy new smile. After the sedation wears off, Dr. Holloman and our staff will make sure that you have recovered enough to be sent home by checking your vitals and mental awareness.
Dr. Holloman has years of experience in handling all types of dental procedures during IV sedation appointments. Many dental offices can only provide light oral sedation which, for the average dental phobic patient, would not provide a truly comfortable experience. Dr. Holloman and our staff have committed to undergo all the additional rigorous training and requirements to be able to provide the level of sedation most dental phobic patients need and want.
Common questions about sedation dentistry
We understand that you may have many questions about sedation dentistry before receiving treatment. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry:
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
If you feel that you could benefit from sedation dentistry, schedule an appointment with Dr. Holloman at our Clearwater dental office. He can answer all your questions and help you receive the dental care you need.