What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry bridges the gap between new technology and patient comfort. This pain-free dentistry focuses on helping patients relax and feel comfortable during dental procedures. With sedation dentistry, you’ll find that your treatment is more comfortable than you might have ever thought possible.
When Is Sedation Dentistry Necessary?
Sedation dentistry is an option for patients who have dental anxiety. It’s completely optional and can be beneficial for patients who deal with any of the following:
- Severe gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Dental anxiety or phobia
- Resistance to numbing agents
- Lengthy, complex dental procedures
- Don’t have time for multiple visits
- TMJ troubles, can’t open their mouth for extended periods
- Sensitivity to light, noises, and smells in a dental office
Dr. Kreimer will schedule a consultation appointment first to answer any questions and screen for any medical reasons you may not be eligible for sedation dentistry. After an initial consultation, your sedation dentistry will be scheduled to take place before your procedure.
Dr. Kreimer offers IV Sedation Dentistry to our patients. IV sedation uses an IV tube to administer a special sedative that immediately takes effect. During the entire procedure, you’ll be monitored continually by our specially trained team of professionals to ensure your safety.
It’s important to note that you won’t actually go to sleep or lose consciousness during the procedure. You’ll remain awake and alert, able to respond to Dr. Kreimer as needed. However, you’ll have little to no memory of the appointment — you won’t even remember any sounds or smells. In fact, many of our patients describe the experience as close to being asleep. You’ll be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by.
After completing your procedure, the effects wear off in about an hour or two. However, it’s important to have someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, sedation is very safe, especially here at our Loveland, OH. Dr. Kreimer is an experienced dentist and has a specially trained team of professionals to safely administer sedatives to our patients.
It’s important to know that sedation dentistry may differ for those who are obese or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. If this is the case for you, Dr. Kreimer will discuss these possible issues with you at your sedation dentistry consultation.
How long will I be sedated?
Depending on your dental care needs and procedure, you’ll be sedated between two to four hours. Afterward, you’ll feel droopy and will need to have someone you trust to drive you to and from your appointment. For everyone’s safety, you should not be driving for the next 24 hours. Some common symptoms of sedation include:
- Dry mouth
- Trouble remembering the procedure
Will I feel any pain with dental sedation?
With dental sedation, most patients won’t feel any pain or discomfort during their procedure. Dr. Kreimer and our dental team always do our best to alleviate any pain through our advanced dental techniques and tools combined with the use of sedation. You may feel some sensations like pressure, but it’s greatly reduced and barely noticeable.
Put Your Worries at Ease With Dr. Kreimer
With dental sedation, you can be at ease during your procedure and free of any worry about pain or discomfort. To learn more about the benefits of sedation dentistry, schedule your consultation with Dr. Kreimer by calling our Loveland office at (513) 677-3656. Not only do we provide services in the Cincinnati area, but we also provide services to Murdock, Landen, Mason, and Reading, OH. We look forward to helping you achieve your smile goals!