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nervous about your procedure?

 We recognize that many procedures in dentistry create anxiety. Studies show that the common fear of dental procedures and perceived pain (dental phobia) are by far the biggest reasons why people avoid the dentist. Not only does this affect the functionality of their mouth and smile, but this avoidance can lead to more compromising health concerns. Sedation Dentistry helps to ease this anxiety and provide a calm and relaxing experience for our patients.

How Does it Work?

Sedation is a technique that allows dental care to be performed in a relaxing, easy and calm way.  There are several levels of sedation. The most common is oral  sedation.  This allows a level of consciousness for patient safety and cooperation.  We also offer an inhalation modality known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas.  This also provides the patient with a reduced sense of anxiety and has no long range lasting effects.  Both procedures will require the use of a local anesthetic  which temporarily blocks pain impulses from the affected teeth and gums.  Our office offers both these types of sedation which greatly reduces the anxiety.

The highest level of sedation is known as IV Sedation.  This is administered by a trained professional in a properly equipped facility.  Dr. Christopher Filler and Blue Sky have teamed up to provide this valuable service to highly compromised,  special need patients. 

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Frequently asked questions

Will I Have Nausea?

The medication that you are given while sedated helps prevent nausea for a few hours after you leave the office.

Where do you typically insert the IV? Will it hurt?

The IV is placed in either arm if you are an adult patient, but as a pediatric patient there is a possibility that the IV will be place in your foot. Before the IV is placed numbing medicine is used to decrease the discomfort of the IV placement.

Can I eat or drink prior to the procedure? After the procedure?

You should not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before your sedation is scheduled. Before you are discharged from the office you must be able to drink a small amount of water. You should check with your dentist as to your diet after your procedure.

Can I drive myself?

The day of your procedure you must be accompanied by an adult capable of driving you home. You should not operate any machinery, use any sharp objects, sign any legal papers or make important decisions that require the full use of your faculties as the medication may impair your judgment for up to 24 hours.

Will I feel any pain?

During the procedure we give you medication through the IV to help decrease pain, inflammation, and nausea for approximately four or more hours after you leave the office.

Are there any possible complications?

As with anything we do in life there are risks, but anesthesia is extremely safe. You are more likely to get into a motor vehicle crash while driving than having a complication with the sedation. Before your sedation you will read and sign an anesthesia consent that reviews any possible complications, remote as they are, they are still possible.

How long will it take?

The length of time it will take is determined by the dentist, but within 15 min after the procedure is finished you will be awake but groggy.