Sedation Dentistry

What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?


Dental phobia is a common condition that many of our patients have struggled with and overcome with the help of Dr. Kevin Sands. Fear of the dentist can cause patients to delay or avoid relatively simple procedures needed to maintain their oral health. When left untreated, these small dental issues can develop into more complex problems and require more extensive and costly solutions. With our sedation dentistry options, patients can place their fears behind them and feel completely at ease in the dentist’s chair.

Sedation dentistry can be especially beneficial for patients who:

  • Experience moderate to severe dental phobia
  • Require extensive dental work
  • Have highly sensitive teeth or gums
  • Possess a hyperactive gag reflex

In addition to helping patients better maintain their oral health, sedation dentistry can place patients into an extremely relaxed state during popular cosmetic procedures such as porcelain veneers, gum contouring, and others.

Since the safety of our patients is our top priority, vital signs are closely monitored for the duration of each treatment. Sedation dentistry still allows patients to clearly communicate with Dr. Sands, though some patients may experience a sleep-like state and may not remember the details of their procedure once it is complete. If you have been putting off dental work due to anxiety and would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sands today.

What are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?

4On our last blog, we discussed the benefits of sedation dentistry and how Dr. Kevin Sands can help you enjoy an anxiety-free, relaxing dental treatment. Today, we’ll talk about the potential side effects of popular sedation dentistry techniques and what you can expect.

Patients should be free of certain health conditions before treatment, otherwise they may not be candidates for some sedation dentistry options. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sands will go over your medical history and talk with you about your needs to determine the best course of action. The most common side effects of oral conscious sedation or IV sedation are the grogginess and sleepiness that patients experience once the treatment is complete. This makes it very important that you arrange for someone to bring you to and from the office on the day of your appointment.

Patients who have oral conscious sedation may also experience a temporary dry mouth feeling until the effects of the drug completely wear off. Other side effects of oral conscious sedation may include temporary dizziness, a headache, lightheadedness, or other conditions; however, it is very rare that these effects are serious and will likely fade quickly, if they occur at all. Many patients experience an amnesic effect after oral conscious sedation and do not remember the procedure taking place. For a lot of people, that’s actually a positive side effect!

Other than exhaustion and a groggy feeling after treatment, patients who have IV sedation typically do not experience significant side effects. Again, it is very important to be honest with Dr. Sands about your medical history and let him know about any health conditions or allergies you may have in order to ensure you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry. We also advise that you do not engage in strenuous exercise or heavy lifting within 24 hours after your procedure.

Whether you opt for oral conscious sedation or IV sedation, an experienced healthcare professional will be in the room at all times to monitor you and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Sedation dentistry can ultimately help you attain a relaxing, virtually pain-free treatment while we improve both the health and appearance of your teeth!

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

If you have questions about sedation dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sands, please contact us today.

Sedation Dentistry and Conquering Your Fear of the Dentist

sedationIt has been estimated that 50 percent of Americans have fear or anxiety about dental work. For some people, the anxiety is so extreme that they don’t go to the dentist at all, which can ultimately lead to serious dental problems, extraordinary pain, tooth loss, and even overall health risks. What many people may not realize is that there are a number of techniques that can be utilized during treatment to give them a much more relaxed – even pleasant – dental experience. Dr. Kevin Sands offers advanced sedation dentistry options that can help you take the fear out of dental work and walk out of our office with beautiful, healthier teeth and gums.

Here’s a brief overview of the two main types of sedation dentistry here at our practice that can help you relax during treatment:

Oral Conscious Sedation

With the oral conscious sedation option, you will take a small pill about an hour before your treatment begins. When the pill starts taking effect, you should feel very drowsy and incredibly relaxed; however, you should not fall into an unconscious state. You will be able to communicate at all times, but you will be in a state of such deep relaxation that you may not have any memory of the procedure taking place once it’s finished. A member of our dental team will be monitoring you at all times to make sure everything is running smoothly. Please note that a friend or family member will need to drive you to and from the practice since you will be drowsy both before and after your treatment.

IV Sedation

If you have a severe level of dental anxiety, or if you are undergoing a complex procedure that may take longer than usual to perform, IV (intravenous) sedation may be a good option for your needs. IV sedation can help you spend the entire treatment in a deep sleep. Your vital signs will be monitored closely throughout the procedure. If you have IV sedation for your treatment, you will feel groggy and tired once you wake up, and therefore it is important that you arrange for someone to take you home once the treatment is complete.

IV sedation is the option that was given to NBA Basketball superstar Lamar Odom during his visit to Dr. Sands. Coming to us with an admitted fear of the dentist, it had been several years since Lamar had received dental treatment and there were a number of problems that needed to be addressed. With IV sedation, Lamar had a very restful appointment and his dental problems were successfully resolved! His experience was captured on the hit television show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians – you can view a clip of it here.

Once you meet with Dr. Sands for your initial consultation, he will discuss all aspects of your treatment with you and help you decide on which sedation dentistry option may be best for your needs. Don’t let fear of the dentist stop you from attaining necessary dental care and a brighter, healthier smile!

Contact Dr. Kevin Sands

For more information on sedation dentistry, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Kevin Sands today.