A sedation appointment feels calm and peaceful, and is probably unlike any other experience you’ve had at the dentist. After the appointment, most people have little or no memory of the visit – as if the entire experience was dream. You simply wake up with a brand new smile.
With any type of sedation dentistry, you will need a companion to drive you to and from the appointment and to stay with you for the rest of the day.
What is a conscious sedation appointment like?
Our doctors will either give you a small pill to take an hour before your appointment or use an IV attachment once you get to the office. We will then start monitoring your vital signs and assess whether you need any more medication.
Once you are relaxing comfortably in the dental chair, we’ll cover you with a warm blanket. We’ll begin our work once you are totally relaxed. Before you know it, the appointment will be over!
What is a sleep dentistry appointment like?
A sleep dentistry appointment gives you deep relaxation. You’ll be seated in a comfortable dental chair with a warm blanket on you. A certified anesthesiologist will join our team to ensure the highest level of safety and comfort for this deeper level of sedation.
You will be completely unaware of the dental treatment during a sleep dentistry appointment, as if you were home asleep in your own bed. When you wake, all the dentistry will be finished, and the whole experience will feel like a dream. When you look in the mirror to see your new smile, you’ll probably think it was the best dream you’ve ever had!
What happens after the appointment?
It’s likely that you’ll still feel a little sleepy. We’ll keep monitoring you until we know you are ready to leave the office, and your companion will drive you home. You’ll need to take it easy for the rest of the day, and for safety reasons, your companion will be instructed to keep you company.
You may want to rest, and you certainly won’t be driving or doing anything that requires your full concentration. Feel free to eat and drink all you want because this will probably make you feel better. The day after the appointment will just be a regular day. The only unusual thing is that you may remember little or nothing from your dental visit – you’ll just have a great new smile.