Sedation Dentistry

Once you’ve experienced sedation dentistry with Dr. Haddad, you’ll never be afraid to go to the dentist again.

You’ll be sedated just enough to be unaware of the treatment, as if you were relaxing. You’ll wake up refreshed, with little or no memory of what was accomplished.

Because you are completely comfortable, we can do years of dental treatment in one or two visits. We can replace crowns or dentures, restore sore gums to good health, whiten yellow or stained teeth, fix a chipped tooth, and more. People with very busy schedules can get the dental care they need, easily and quickly.

Imagine being able to smile with confidence and chew your food without pain. No wonder so many patients say: “Sedation dentistry changed my life.”

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Who is a candidate?

People who have . . .

  • High Fear
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care

People who . . .

  • Hate needles and shots!
  • Hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed by their teeth

The Sedation Dental Care Standard

The standard of treating patients using sedation was set by physicians in the U.S. approximately 40 years ago. It is nothing new for patients to be sedated for operations on knees, feet, wrists, ears, noses, or practically anything else. Even patients who need an MRI and are nervous, ask to be sedated. Often patients ask dentists for sedation and the dentists do everything they can to talk them out of it. Most dentists do not want to go through the additional training and accreditation process that is necessary to sedate patients.

You wouldn’t think of having an ear operation or a nose operation without sedation. But, you move one inch to the teeth and it becomes acceptable to endure time-consuming, strenuous, noisy, and uncomfortable procedures on the most sensitive, personal part of the body (the mouth) with no sedation. Dentists attempt to work outside of the already established standard of using sedation. As a result, we as dentists treat only 50% of the population while physicians treat over 90%.

I have found that fearful patients psychologically have no problem being sedated for dental treatment. You ask a nervous patients, “Would you rather have this work done in six appointments over the next two months or in one appointment while you feel like you are sleeping?”, and they look at you like you’re crazy. “Sedate me,” is their reply.

Sedation for certain types of dental care has been used for over thirty years. If you asked one hundred patients who have had their wisdom teeth removed how they had it done, most would say they were put to sleep by an oral surgeon to have them removed. The problem is that dentists assume that root canals and drilling on teeth is not comfortable enough to warrant sedation. This is why 50% of the population does not go to the dentist. The patient is the one who should determine what is uncomfortable for them, not the dentist.

If you feel that sedation, which is the standard of care for the rest of the body, is necessary for your dental care, call us.

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Type of Sedation

We offer different types of sedation: Nitrous Oxide, Oral sedation (pill) and intravenous sedation (IV) for several reasons:

  1. Many of our patients are needle-phobic so for those we have the pill form of sedation.
  2. With conscious sedation we can work on patients for a longer period of time.
  3. Conscious sedation is very safe.

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How You Will Feel

Our patients’ perception of this sedation technique is they feel that they have slept through the appointment. We most commonly hear, “I remember being sedated and the next thing I remember is waking up with my teeth fixed.” Most patients remember nothing about their treatment. A few will remember a little, usually at the end of the appointment when we are getting them ready to go home. You will need someone to bring you to our office on the day of your sedation appointment and you MUST have someone take you home afterwards.

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How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

You are given a small pill to take an hour prior to your dental appointment. Your companion will accompany you to the office. By the time you arrive, you will be very drowsy.

When you arrive in our office, you will be escorted into the comfort room, covered with a thick, warm blanket and placed on a monitor to watch your vital signs. After you are comfortable, Dr. Haddad and the experienced clinical team at his office will take care of your dental needs.

When your treatment is completed, your companion will return you home to finish your comfortable, relaxing day.

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Commonly Asked Questions…

Will I feel any pain?
No. You will feel nothing!

Will I be unconscious?
No, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and you will be responsive.

Will I be monitored?
Yes, one of our team is always with you and your vital signs are monitored during the entire visit. You are never alone.

How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your needs, from two to six hours.

Will someone need to accompany me?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again. People who have . . .

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Facts About Sedation Dentistry…

It Really Works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.

It Is Safe! You take a small pill prior to treatment, no intravenous tubes or needles.

You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won’t remember any sounds or smells.

You will relax for up to five to six hours after taking the pill. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment.

Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one! All while you relax.

People who have difficulty getting numb will find that sedation dentistry eliminates this problem.

Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

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Safety

Conscious sedation is very safe. We have full control over your sedation state while receiving your dental treatment. Your vital signs are monitored continuously.

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Decision

The only thing standing between you and getting the dental care you want is a call away.

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