Sedation dentistry—sometimes called sleep dentistry—is the process in which a dentist uses medication to relax the patient before receiving dental treatment. This type of medicated sedation is also referred to as IV sedation. Patients are awake during sedation, but generally do not remember the treatment. Sedation dentistry is considered safe and ideal for patients with a high level of anxiety or fear of dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is also suitable for patients with a low threshold for pain.
Sedation dentistry can be used for any treatment, from complex dental procedures to simple tooth cleaning. If you are interested in exploring sedation dentistry, our dentists will meet with you to evaluate your dental needs and determine the best way to use sedation for a relaxed, stress-free appointment.
Important information before your sedation treatment:
- Do not eat 6 hours before your dental procedure. You may drink liquid up to 2 hours before your procedure.
- Patients should not drive themselves after sedation dentistry. Please make arrangements to have someone drive you home.
- Sedation is generally considered safe during pregnancy. It is important to take care of your dental health during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, please inform your dentist during your consultation.
- Insurance coverage for sedation dentistry may vary based on medical necessity or the specific coverage of your plan. Our treatment coordinators will work with you to determine what is covered by your insurance so that you know the investment before your procedure.