We recognize that some of our patients may feel anxious or apprehensive about receiving periodontal care. Dr. Madigan and his team work hard to make sure that you have a comfortable, positive experience, and that's why we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry for those patients needing a little extra comfort before receiving treatment. Feeling anxious about receiving periodontal care should never prevent you from having the beautiful, healthy smile that you deserve.
There are different types of sedation dentistry, and working together, you and your doctor will decide on a personalized treatment plan that will give you the care you need while ensuring your comfort every step of the way.
What does it mean to be an IV Certified and Licensed Practitioner?
A periodontist who is IV certified and licensed to administer IV sedation has received additional specialty training and has been legally certified by their state's Board of Dental Examiners to deliver medical drugs that alter a patient’s consciousness for a comfortable, pain-free treatment.
How Sedation Dentistry Works
About an hour before you begin your periodontal treatment, you will be given a sedative, which has been prescribed to you, to help you to relax. Due to the sedative nature of the pill, you will need someone to accompany you to your appointment because you will not be able to drive. When you arrive at our practice, our team will be waiting for you and will escort you to our surgical suite where you will be treated.
Dr. Madigan and our nurse anesthetist will gently place an IV and administer medication to help you into a deeper state of relaxation. Once your treatment is complete, you will wake up feeling refreshed, with little or no memory of the surgical procedure. Using sedation dentistry, we are able to complete many different procedures in just one office visit.
Common Questions about Sedation Dentistry
We understand that before receiving treatment, you may have many questions about sedation dentistry. Here are some of the most common questions and answers about sedation dentistry.
Will I feel anything during my treatment?
In most cases, patients do not feel anything. There is very little discomfort, and many patients wake up feeling relaxed and comfortable with almost no memory of the treatment.
Is sedation dentistry the same as being unconscious?
No. You will still be conscious and responsive; however, you will be in a deep state of relaxation.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way for many patients to receive periodontal treatment. Before scheduling your treatment, Dr. Madigan will discuss with you and help you decide if IV sedation is best for you.
How long will it take the sedation to wear off?
The time it takes for the sedatives to wear off depends on the dose you've received, how long your treatment is, and how quick your own body can recover. Since being under sedation causes drowsiness, you must have a family member or friend drive you to and from your appointment. After your treatment, you shoud not drive, drink alcohol, smoke or operate machinery for 24 hours.
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?
Most patients who experience dental anxiety are great candidates for sedation dentistry. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, ask Dr. Madigan about sedation dentistry as an option for your next periodontal treatment.
- Extreme dental anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist
- Are afraid of needles and/or shots
- Have had a traumatic dental experience in the past
- Can't handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist's office
- Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
- Require a more complex periodontal treatment
- Feel self-conscious about your teeth
- Wish to have a more comfortable periodontal treatment
If you feel that you could benefit from sedation dentistry at your next appointment, please contact us and let us know how we can better accommodate your needs.