Using Sedation in Dentistry

         Treating patients using sedation has already been set in the U.S. over the past 30 years by physicians. It is nothing new to patients for operations on knees, feet, wrists, ears, noses, everything. A lady told me the other day, "I had to go in for a MRI (a type of x-ray) and I was very nervous so my doctor gave me some sedation." Some dentists incorporate sedation within their practice and others do not. I first received additional training in oral sedation given by DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) in 2001 and have used oral sedation literally on every patient ever since.

        You wouldn't think of having an ear operation or a nose operation without sedation. But, you move one inch to the teeth and many dentists work on their patients doing time-consuming, strenuous, noisy, and uncomfortable procedures on the most sensitive, personal part of the body (the mouth) with no sedation. Hence, we as dentists treat only 50% of the population while physicians treat over 90%.

        I have found that fearful patients mentally have no problem being sedated for dental treatment. You ask a nervous patient,"Would you rather have this work done in six appointments over the next two months or in one appointment while you are sedated", and they look at you like you're crazy. "SEDATION PLEASE!!!" is what is frequently said.

        Sedation for certain types of dental care has been used for over thirty years. If you asked a hundred patients who have had their wisdom teeth removed how they had it done, most would say they were sedated to have them removed. There is a strong dental phobia abundant among us and this is why 50% of the population does not go to the dentist. The patient is the one who needs to determine what is bad enough for them to warrant sedation, not the dentist.

        If you feel that your teeth cannot be saved, require extractions and dentures, and you desire to have this done with oral sedation, then call us for a free consultation.


How You Will Feel

Most patients perception of this conscious sedation technique is they remember little or nothing at the end of the appointment. Most patients remember nothing about their treatment. A few will remember a little, usually at the end of the appointment, when we are getting them ready to go home. You will need someone to bring you to our office on the day of your sedation appointment and you MUST have someone take you home afterwards.


The only thing standing between you and getting the dental care you want is for you to call and schedule a free consultation and discuss your needs with a caring dentist who has done thousands of immediate dentures.


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