Louisville KY Dentist
Louisville KY DENTIST Jack T. Wilson, III, DMD
 
Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry allows us to reach out and provide needed dental care to those who otherwise would not receive it.

We recognize that there are many reasons why 50% of the U.S. population do not receive dental care, but two of the most common reasons are:

  • Extreme anxiety
  • No time for multiple appointments

moonWhat is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry bridges the gap between new technology and patient comfort. After an initial consultation, your Sedation Dentistry appointment will be scheduled. You are given a crushed pill to hold beneath your tongue that makes you snooze throughout your dental appointment. Even though you are not technically asleep, our patients describe the experience as seeming to be asleep. You will have little or no memory of the appointment. You will not even remember any sounds or smells.

With Sedation Dentistry, you will find that your treatment is performed more comfortably than you might ever have thought possible. You will be drowsy and unaware of the time passing by. During the entire appointment you will be monitored continually by our specially trained team of professionals.

moonAm I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry is especially useful for adult patients who:

  • Have high anxiety about dental visits
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Have TMJ troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
  • Simply do not have the time for multiple visits

Sedation Dentistry is reserved for adult patients in this office. You will need to schedule a consultation appointment first to answer any questions and screen for any medical reasons you may not be eligible for Sedation Dentistry.

moonWhat to Expect at a Sedation Dentistry Appointment.

You will arrive at the office 1hr before treatment is scheduled to begin and will be given your medication here, where your vital signs can be monitored throughout your sedation experience. By the end of the hour you will feel very drowsy. Once you are relaxing comfortably, the dentist will begin your dental care. After treatment is complete, you will have an escort drive you home.

moonFrequently Asked Questions.

moonWill I be unconscious?

No, you will be very relaxed, but you will be able to respond. You will probably not, however, remember any of your visit.

moonWill I have an IV?

No tubes or needles are necessary for sedation. You will simply be given a pill.

moonDoes my companion have to stay at the office?

Your companion must drive you to our office for your appointment and return you home afterwards. During the actual procedure, your companion is free to stay, or leave and come back to pick you up at the end of the procedure.

moonIs there an age limit?

Sedation Dentistry is recommended for adults age 18 to 80, but a careful screening will be performed, during the consultation phase, for any medical conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate.

moonWill I feel anything?

No, you will feel no discomfort.

moonHow long will I be sedated?

You will be sedated for 2 to 8 hours, depending on your dental care needs.

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