Advances in dentistry have made it easier for both patients and professionals to carry out even the most complex procedures with minimal discomfort. Still, some individuals feel insecure and avoid treating their dental issues for long periods of time due to their anxiety about the procedures. This can be quite a mistake, especially when you consider that many oral health issues can worsen over time if left untreated. Here at North Hills Implant & Oral Surgery, we understand your concerns and are pleased to offer various types of sedation so you can feel as safe and comfortable as possible while in our care.
Should I Receive Sedation?
Deciding the type of sedation you would need, or if you need it at all, will be determined during the assessment prior to any procedure you have with us. Each patient has their own needs, so you will need to discuss your medical history and past experiences with anesthesia with us before we begin. Sedation is commonly used in individuals with strong gag reflexes, low pain tolerance, sensitive teeth, or dental phobias. Some patients can do just fine without it, but even then, it may be recommended during long or highly stimulating procedures, including full mouth reconstructions, multiple dental implant placements, bone and gum grafts, or treatment of oral pathologies.
Types of Sedation
The different sedation options are categorized in levels.
What to Expect After Being Sedated
Higher levels of sedation can make you feel groggy for hours after the procedure, or even the entire day (such as in the case of IV sedation or general anesthesia). You can expect to feel completely normal the next morning. It is important, if not obligatory, that you bring someone with you who can drive you home and help you out while being dozy. You may also experience mild amnesia and forget what happened after you are sedated.
Here at North Hills Implant & Oral Surgery, we will be happy to answer all of your questions. For more information about your sedation options, or to set up an appointment at our office, please call us at 984-258-2727 today.
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