Common Questions About Sedation
What Is It?
Moderate sedation is an altered state of consciousness, where you become disassociated with your surroundings. Memory, anxiety levels, and perception of pain are greatly reduced, and you should become very relaxed and comfortable.
Who Is It For?
Any reasonably healthy person can have moderate sedation with ANY dental procedure, whether it is having your teeth cleaned or surgery. Dr. Connell will review your health history with you.
How Will I Feel?
You will remember nothing or very little and generally feel no discomfort. Most people do not recall or feel any part of the procedure, including numbing the teeth. When your appointment is over, the effects of the sedatives may last for several hours and you may be groggy most of the day of your appointment.
How Is It Done?
The sedatives are administered intravenously (IV). This way we can be sure you receive the right amount of sedation. Because you may feel groggy and disoriented, you will need to have someone available to take you home from the office on the day of your appointment. We cannot sedate patients if they do not have a responsible adult available to accompany them after their appointment.
Is It Safe?
Yes, but it is very important that you let us know about any and all medications and/or drugs you are taking and any medical problems that you may have had so that the sedation procedure can be altered to reflect your special needs. For some, a consultation with your physician will be helpful in preventing unanticipated problems.