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Because sedation is safe and predictable, it can be used to relieve anxiety and increase comfort levels while we fill teeth, place or replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, fix a chipped tooth, or doing virtually any other dental procedure normally done without sedation. When you come in for your Free Consultation, we will answer all your questions and address any concerns. We will discuss the various sedation options and find the best option for you. It’s time to rest easy. Sedation Dentistry is here!
At Sinking Spring Family Dental, we offer Nitrous Oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, and IV sedation. Nitrous Oxide is administered via a face mask and wears off only minutes after you remove the mask. IV sedation is administered by IV, and although you will be able to get up and move normally following your procedure, you will need a loved one to drive you home from your appointment.
This therapy is especially useful for those who:
- Experience medium to severe anxiety in anticipation of pain or discomfort (usually the result of a traumatic dental experience in childhood).
- Have had difficulty in the past with local anesthetics ‘not working’ for them (medium to extreme anxiety can sometimes heighten sensitivity).
- Find it difficult or uncomfortable to keep their mouth open for prolonged periods (usually caused by TMJ problems or other medical conditions).
- Find it very uncomfortable to have hands and instruments in their mouths (invasion of personal space).
- Have difficulty controlling their gag reflex.
- Have a lot of work to be done and little time to spend (the dentist can work more quickly when a patient is sedated and is therefore unable to experience any discomfort).
If you have been scheduled for a dental procedure using moderate sedation or general anesthesia, please follow the following instructions. Do NOT have anything to eat or drink eight hours before your appointment. Continue to take prescribed medications unless previously instructed otherwise by Dr. Balatgek or Dr. Reiter. Bring a responsible person with you to drive you home after the procedure. Your driver must be in the office reception area before your sedation can be started.
Yes. You’ll receive just enough sedation so that you’ll be relaxed and unconcerned about the dental treatment.
Typically, no. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have little or no memory of what was accomplished.
Most patients experience no discomfort whatsoever during treatment and feel surprisingly good afterwards.
Any procedure that’s usually done in our office without sedation—extractions, fillings, crowns, bridges, even teeth cleaning.
We’ll review your medical history and if necessary, consult with your medical doctor to be sure, and you’ll be constantly monitored while under anesthesia.
It’s best to check with your dental plan provider. However, we’ll review your coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements so you get the care you need.
Each patient is different, so this is a difficult question to answer. However, we find that patients only need to take off the day of the procedure. Most are working the next day.
Pennsylvania law requires a dentist to have special authorization to perform IV Sedation. The training is extensive to qualify for this authorization. To maintain the special authorization requires specialized courses on sedation that are costly and take additional time away from the office.
Dr. Balatgek was trained in IV Sedation at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Dr. Reiter was trained in IV Sedation as well as General Anesthesia at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.
The length of your appointment will depend upon the procedure being done. There will also be an in-office recovery period after the procedure is finished. You must not drive or operate any machinery until the day after your anesthesia sedation. Remember, the more relaxed you are during a visit the more likely it is that you will experience less trauma and pain from your procedure. Your body will not be “fighting” the stress of a dental procedure and your recovery time can be significantly reduced.
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