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Sedation Dentistry Q&A

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What is sedation dentistry??

Sedation dentistry is dental work with the added step of keeping you more comfortable and at ease. Even with a comfortable dentists’ chair and friendly staff members on hand, many of the sounds and sensations of dental work can make the whole experience of going to the dentist seem unpleasant or nerve-racking. Sedation dentistry helps you relax and ease your mind about your next procedure.

At South Coast Dental, Dr. Bashawaty provides several modes of sedation to help patients who need extensive dental work or patients who are apprehensive about dentistry of all kinds. He helps you review your choices before the date of your procedure so you can come in feeling confident and ready to improve your smile.

What can I expect during sedation dentistry?

At South Coast Dental, Dr. Bashawaty works alongside an expert anesthesiologist to provide IV sedation for many of the available procedures. With IV sedation, the sedative drugs enter your body via a vein in your arm. That means that the sedative goes directly into your bloodstream for near-immediate effects.

Sedation allows you to stay awake during your procedure, but you won’t really know what’s going on around you. Once the effects wear off, you won’t remember anything about the procedure or how you felt during it. You must stay at the office for a short time while you come back into your normal state of mind. It’s important that you don’t drive yourself home afterward: You’ll feel groggy for a while and will likely need to rest for the remainder of the day.

How should I prepare for sedation dentistry?

Once Dr. Bashawaty determines that you’re a candidate for sedation during your next dental visit, he gives you specific instructions to follow in preparation for your sedation. They might include:

  • Not eating for eight hours prior
  • Not drinking anything for eight hours prior
  • Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours
  • Avoiding drinking water for two hours prior
  • Not wearing heeled shoes to your appointment
  • Arranging a ride to and from the office

If you have any questions regarding your upcoming IV sedation and would like to know more about what you can expect, Dr. Bashawaty can answer them before the date of your procedure.

To learn more about sedation dentistry and to find out if it’s available for your next procedure, call South Coast Dental or request a consultation online today.

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