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Would I be unusual in wanting sedation?
Not at all. Sedation in our office is very popular for surgery, for long appointments and for complicated procedures as well as for basic dental anxiety.
How safe is oral sedation or IV conscious sedation?
Properly administered oral sedation or IV conscious sedation are the safest form of sedation. We use sophisticated monitoring equipment during all procedures and you are always attended by a trained doctor or staff member.
Will I be asleep?
Most people do doze during their appointment, but our primary goal is relaxation and comfort with safety.
Will you use local anesthetic (Novocain)?
Always. Sedation is not general anesthesia. Treatment is no different than if you were not sedated. The difference is that you will be much more relaxed, memory of the procedure will be minimal and the time will seem to fly by.
Can I drive home?
No. The effects last many hours and driving is not safe. We will call your ride at the end of your appointment to bring you home. You should not plan to do anything but sleep for the rest of the day. By the next morning you will feel normal, rested and ready to get on with your life.
Is sedation dentistry expensive?
No. There is a sedation fee to cover the expense of the drugs and the monitoring, but we don't try to profit from sedation. Our profit (and yours) is in your comfort and in the quality of your care.