Sedation Dentistry

There are many reasons 50% of the population put dental care at the bottom of the healthcare list. Some people are fearful while others have suffered bad experiences in the past. Or some need extensive care and simply can't find enough hours in the day. It's time to rest easy.

Oral Sedation Dentistry is here!

After an initial visit with us where all your questions and concerns will be answered, we'll schedule your sedation appointment(s). You'll find your treatment is performed more comfortably than you might ever have thought possible. You'll be drowsy, and unaware of the time that has passed. Our specially trained team will monitor your blood pressure, oxygen and pulse continually throughout the appointment. The big plus? We can accomplish extensive amounts of dentistry at one time, and you'll have little or no memory of the experience.

One of the commonly asked questions regarding "Sleep Dentistry" is its safety and effectiveness. Below you will find some information that will help answer some of these concerns.

The sedation medication of choice that is used is Triazolam. This medication has been used for many years and has now found a home in dentistry. In 1996, it was prescribed over 26,000,000 times. This historical safety alone gives us confidence in using Triazolam.

The most common side effects of this sedative aid are dry mouth and hiccups. The hiccups usually last only a few moments while you're sedated and the dry mouth wears off with the medication. Some people ask, "what if I'm too sedated?" The pharmacology and pharmokenetics used today are just fantastic. We have a reversal agent that can wake you up with no side effects. For anxious patients, this new treatment is a miracle. Your dental health is important, and need not be neglected because you are nervous. Oral Sedation Dentistry is as simple as taking a pill.

Facts About Sedation Dentistry

  1. It Really Works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
  2. It Is Safe! You take a small pill prior to treatment, no intra-venous tubes or needles.
  3. You will have little or no memory of the experience. You won't remember any sounds or smells.
  4. You can relax for up to five to six hours after taking the pill. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment.
  5. Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments, can be done in as little as one! All while you relax.
  6. People who have difficulty getting numb have no problem when relaxed and relaxing.
  7. Sedation dentistry is a safe way to reduce the fatigue of extended dental treatment requiring long visits.

Common Questions

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

Will I be unconscious?
No, you are in a deeply relaxed state, you are 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.

Who Is a Candidate For Conscious Sedation?

People who have . . .
- high fear
- had traumatic dental experiences
- difficulty getting numb
- a bad gag reflex
- very sensitive teeth
- limited time to complete their dental care
- complex dental problems

People who . . .
- hate needles and shots!
- hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with dental care
- are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

Conscious sedation is taught as part of post-graduate residency programs approved by the American Dental Association. Dr. Collins has not completed an American Dental Association approved residency program in which conscious sedation is taught. Dr. Collins has completed all Missouri Dental Board required courses to perform oral conscious sedation in his office.