One of the unique services we are able to offer at Oak Street Dental in Central Point, Oregon, is IV sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry. Sedation has a wide range of dental applications, but there are naturally many questions that patients have. Here are a few of the more common. If you have questions that are not addressed here, feel free to reach out and ask!
Sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry is the application of anesthetics to put a dental patient to “sleep” during the course of a dental procedure. This technique is often used in the course of major dental treatments, but can be used in the course of more “normal” appointments if determined helpful for the well-being of the patient.
To ensure the safety and efficacy of the procedure, the drugs used in the course of IV sedation dentistry are always administered by a trained, certified anesthetist.
There are three primary uses for sedation dentistry:
Sedation dentistry involves a high level of planning and communication between patients and providers. Each sedation plan is tailored to the patient’s unique medical needs and the procedure they are undergoing.
Your anesthetist will be in touch with you before your appointment to go over what to expect and remind you of what you’ll need to do to ensure a successful appointment such as:
Your dentist is the best resource for managing your pain after the appointment.
For additional questions or concerns, please contact us!
Not much! For the most part, all that our sleep dentistry patients remember is coming into the office and being prepared for the procedure. The last thing in your memory will likely be counting backwards. Then you’re done with your procedure and being driven home.
You may be a bit groggy after the procedure, but you will be able to sleep that off quickly. It may be a good time for those who love you to ask you questions and get your answers on video 😉
Absolutely. Sedation is generally safe for everyone. Our team is always sure to go through each of our patient’s medical history with them to ensure that sedation dentistry is going to be safe and effective.
Risks are minimal, and are always fully explained to our patients based on their specific history and needs. Sedation is very safe and allows us to perform even general dental procedures in ways that would be otherwise very difficult, especially for people with anxiety over their trip to the dentist. The benefits of sedation far outweigh the risks.
Costs are reasonable and will vary based on your insurance coverage. The easiest way to determine what your actual costs will be is to request our office to work with your insurance company directly to determine pricing before your procedure.