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Sedation Dentistry

Let sedation dentistry change your life! If the thought of going to the dentist makes you uneasy, anxious, or physically sick then sedation dentistry can help. Once you have experienced sedation dentistry, you'll probably never be afraid to have dental work again.

Fear and anxiety often keep many patients away from the dentist for years. These patients often suffer from painful broken teeth or live unhappy with their smile. Imagine being able to smile confidently or chew without pain - this is the goal of sedation dentistry at Premier Dental. We understand your fear and we are here to help - not judge you or reprimand you for your time away from the dentist.

With sedation dentistry we can combine years of dental work into one or two appointments to save you time. Everything from simple cleanings to gum treatments, teeth whitening, cosmetic veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, dentures and partials can be taken care of with sedation dentistry. Sedation patients often say that they feel like they slept through their dental appointment and have no memory of the appointment itself.

Dr. Hernandez and her staff are highly trained and licensed to perform sedation dentistry. She is a member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Who Is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry include patients who:

  • Have high anxiety or fear about dental visits
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Are embarrassed about their teeth
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have strong gag reflexes
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Have complex dental problems
  • Have TMJ troubles and can't open their mouth for long periods of time
  • Have bad memories with the sounds or smells of dentistry
  • Have busy schedules and need fewer appointments for major dental work

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous (laughing gas) - Laughing gas will provide a very light level of sedation. It is great for patients who are a little anxious, fearful of needles, or have a bad gag reflex. The effects wear off almost immediately.

Oral Conscious Sedation - With oral conscious sedation you will take one or more pills by mouth usually the night before and the morning of your appointment. This is more effective than laughing gas alone. You'll be sedated just enough to be unaware of your treatment as though you were asleep. You will have little memory or no memory of your visit.

IV Conscious Sedation - The same type of medications are given with IV Conscious Sedation as with Oral Conscious Sedation. These meds are delivered intravenously. This allows for a faster response time to the medications and the ability to modify the level and length of sedation. As with oral conscious sedation you are conscious and able to respond to simple commands but sedated enough that you have little or no memory of the experience.

Please call us today @ 610-869-6055 to receive a FREE (DVD) on Sedation Dentistry.

Commonly Asked Questions about Sedation Dentistry:

  1. What does Sedation Dentistry feel like? Will I be asleep? Many offices and patients use the term "sleep dentistry" when talking about conscious sedation. This is misleading because patients remain conscious during their procedure. You will feel completely calm and deeply relaxed, sleepy, and will not remember most of your appointment. You will be able to breath on your own and respond to simple verbal commands. True sleep dentistry involves being asleep under general anesthesia and is typically done in a hospital setting with a breathing tube inserted.
  2. How do the sedation medications work? The sedatives used at Premier Dental limit your brain's ability to feel anxious or nervous. They have no significant effect on your heart function or on breathing. With the medications used at our office, you can be assured that your experience will be safe and effective.
  3. Is Sedation Dentistry safe? Sedation Dentistry is both safe and effective when administered by a trained professional. Dr. Hernandez and her staff are highly trained at nitrous, oral, and IV conscious sedation. Premier Dental has received a conscious sedation permit from the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry. Dr. Hernandez has trained with DOCS (Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation) and completed a mini-residency at the prestigious Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She is a also member of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. During your sedation appointment we use state of the art equipment to constantly monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and other signs of safety and comfort so that we are consistently in tune with your sedation needs.
  4. Will I feel any pain? Absolutely not! Our techniques and protocols will leave you feeling completely calm and pain-free.
  5. Can all of my work be done in one appointment? Conscious sedation allows our office to do multiple procedures and procedure types in one appointment. In other words, it is possible to have fillings, crowns, and extractions completed all at the same appointment. There are times when it will be necessary for you to have two appointments - mainly cases that involve dental work that is sent to a lab. Whatever the situation, the goal of the staff at Premier Dental is to provide you with quality care in the fewest number of appointments possible, often one.
  6. What is the best time of day to have my sedation appointment? We recommend that sedation patients schedule as early in the day as possible. It is necessary to avoid eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to your appointment. This is easier to handle early in the day.
  7. Is it alright to have alcohol or drugs prior to my appointment? Absolutely NOT! Alcohol and drugs interact with our sedation medications and can lead to serious complications. You must inform us of all drugs that you are taking including herbal, over-the-counter, and prescription medications so that we can make your sedation experience safe.
  8. Can I be sedated if I have medical problems? This can only be determined after we meet with you for a sedation consult and evaluate your health condition and medications you are on. It may be necessary for us to speak with your physician to discuss any concerns.
  9. How long will I be sedated? Depending on your dental needs, anywhere from 2-6 hours.
  10. Will someone need to come with me to my appointment? Yes. You will need a companion to drive you to and from your sedation appointment. It is not necessary for them to stay in the office the entire length of your appointment. We will get a contact number for your companion so that we can call when you are ready to leave.
  11. What are the advantages of IV Sedation? IV Sedation tends to be more reliable and effective than oral sedation. The response to the medications is almost immediate and allows us to sustain your procedure at a constant level of sedation more predictably and for longer periods of time than oral sedation.
  12. But I'm scared of needles for IV sedation!! For those afraid of needles, we are able to give you a small pill prior to your appointment to help you relax or give you a little laughing gas prior to placing the IV.