Taking the Fear out of Dentistry
Conscious sedation, also referred to as oral sedation or ‘sleep dentistry’, is an option for many individuals and for most procedures. For those who experience anxiety, fear or feel confined in one space for extended periods of time, conscious sedation, administered through a small oral pill, creates feelings of relaxation. Some patients may not remember their appointment and they surely will not remember any discomfort or fear.
Medication is self-administered an hour prior to the appointment and in some cases, again immediately before the procedure. While sedated, the patient can answer questions and follow directions, and is ‘awakened’ from ‘sleep’ by juice. A good night of sleep is recommended following the procedure and a feeling of rest and relaxation can be expected in the morning. Individuals with a history of medication or alcohol abuse should consult their physician prior to using conscious sedation.
Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry has been using conscious sedation methods since 2004. Dr. Spitz is licensed by the state of Massachusetts to administer in-office conscious sedation and has completed training with the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, including annual Advanced Cardiac Life Support training. Smileboston is also part of the Sedation Dentistry Network – a group of dentists with specific training and licensure to treat individuals with moderate to severe issues with fear of dentists and dental treatment.
In addition to conscious sedation, Smileboston offers a variety of options to help put patients at ease during their treatments. These range from quiet relaxation – listening to music or watching a movie – to nitrous oxide and other medications to help relieve anxiety prior to and during appointments, and, when requested, we can accommodate in-office IV sedation. Discussing your concerns with your doctor will allow you to choose the option that is right for you.