Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “snooze dentistry.” While you are sedated, Dr. Magid, DDS, FICD, or Dr. Magid-Katz, DMD will perform the treatment and when it is completed you will have no memory of any of it.
Sedation dentistry is completely safe. You will not be unconscious and will be able to respond during the entire visit. Our specially trained team of dental professionals at Advanced Dentistry of Westchester will monitor your vital signs and comfort throughout.
Dr. Magid, DDS, FICD, or Dr. Magid-Katz, DMD will have a consultation with you to determine whether or not you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. Patients must be between the ages of 18 and 80 to have sedation dentistry. We will perform a careful screening to determine if you have any medical conditions that may prevent you from being a candidate.
We have found that patients with one or more of the following characteristics benefit from sedation dentistry:
- High anxiety about dentistry
- Traumatic dental experience in the past
- Difficulty getting numb
- A strong gag reflex
- TMJ troubles and cannot open their mouth for extensive periods
- Complex dental problems
- Very sensitive teeth
- Anxiety over needles, noises, or smells in dental office
- No desire for multiple visits
Below are some of our most frequently asked questions regarding sedation dentistry. For most, it is a new experience that we are prepared to answer on a case-by-case basis:
What can I expect while being sedated?
A companion must drive you to and from your appointment. The night before, you will need to take a pill to begin the relaxation. About an hour before treatment begins you will take another pill. We will escort you to a comfortable chair and begin to monitor you. When you are comfortably sedated, Dr. Magid, DDS, FICD, or Dr. Magid-Katz, DMD will begin your dental care.
When your treatment is finished, your companion will drive you home. Most likely, you will not remember your appointment.
Is this like general anesthesia?
No, this is called oral sedation or conscious sedation. There are no needles, tubes or IVs here. You just simply swallow a pill. You will be conscious throughout the procedure, yet you will be very relaxed and will be able to respond.
In all probability, you will not remember your visit. Many of our patients say, “I remember taking the pill, and the next thing I remember is waking up with my teeth looking beautiful.”
How long will I be sedated?
You may be sedated from two to eight hours, depending on the dental treatment that you need. Your companion does not need to stay at the office for the entire visit. Typically, patients choose to have all of their dental work accomplished in one appointment. Patients appreciate getting years of dental work performed in one visit.
Our doctors can replace crowns or bridges, fix chipped teeth, whiten yellow or stained teeth, restore gums to good health. From simple dental cleanings to the most complex cosmetic procedures, we are able to make your appointments as comfortable as possible.