What to Expect with Sedation Dentistry

If you’re like most of our patients, you desperately want sedation to work for you but you wonder if it’s too good to be true. I’d like to explain the sedation process so that you can know exactly what to expect from dental sedation at Deyton Dentistry. Here’s a step-by-step view of dental sedation:

  1.  Schedule a Consultation. This is a no-risk, no-treatment 30-minute appointment when you can see our office and talk with Dr. Deyton. Our staff is very friendly and will not pressure you into scheduling anything beyond the 30-minute consultation.
  2. Medical and Dental History. Your health is important to us, which is why we have such thorough medical and dental history forms. Prior to your consultation visit, you can download and fill out the forms in the comfort of your own home. The forms are available for easy download at http://www.drdeyton.com/patients.html#forms.
  3. Consultation Visit. This will be your time to meet Dr. Deyton and the staff, and to see our office. We’ll make sure that all your questions about sedation are answered, and you will be in complete control of whether to move on to the next step. You’ll find that we have a relaxing office environment (including water sculptures, music, and aromatherapy) and that everyone in our office is extraordinarily kind. Chances are, you will leave the consultation feeling like a tremendous burden has been lifted.
  4. Your Examination Appointment. No dental work will happen at this appointment. We will look at your mouth, take x-rays and photographs, and work with you to create a treatment plan that both you and Dr. Deyton are comfortable with. Your examination appointment will take about an hour.
  5. Pre-Sedation Arrangements. Because you will be sedated during your treatment appointment, together we will make several important arrangements prior to your treatment date: answering any questions; making sure that all the proper consent forms are signed; checking that you have arranged for transportation to and from our office; confirming baseline monitoring information, such as blood pressure; and, if necessary, providing mild sedative prescriptions for the night before treatment.
  6. Sedation and Treatment Appointment. As previously arranged, a friend or family member will drive you to our office. You will be given a sedative and allowed to relax until the sedative the sedative takes effect. No treatment will begin until you are comfortably sedated. You will be awake enough to follow instructions from Dr. Deyton (such as when to open and close your mouth), but you will feel drowsy and relaxed. During the entire sedation, you will be continuously monitored with sophisticated equipment to ensure your safety; we will be checking your pulse rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation level with a vital signs monitor like the ones used in hospitals.
  7. Post-Treatment. After treatment, your friend or family member will drive you home from the office and stay with you for about 4 hours. You may drowse for an hour or two; it’s common to have only a vague memory of the treatment day due to the sedative’s effects. For any pain or soreness, most people find that ibuprofen or acetaminophen is adequate.

If you’re ready to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you, please give our office a call at (816) 587-6444 to schedule your no-obligation consultation appointment.

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