A significant number of Americans do not
visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer
from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a
safe, anxiety-free dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly
thought to induce sleep. Although sleepiness is a side effect of some
medications, most sedatives allow the patient to stay awake during the
procedure but work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.
Here are some advantages associated with sedation
Anxiety is alleviated.
Few side effects.
More can be accomplished during each visit.
Procedures seem to take less time.
What is oral sedation?
Simply stated, it means that sedation is achieved by taking medication orally (by mouth). We do not offer in-office sedation services, therefore, oral medication is taken prior to your arrival.
Safety and compliance are two important aspects of treatments. Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver. In addition, a designated driver will need to take you to and from your appointment.
For patients with special
Medically challenged patients, whether due to congenital
or behavioral problems have great difficulty staying calm or remaining in a
dental chair under normal conditions.
Dr. Hull is affiliated with Franciscan Childrens Hospital and shares their mission for compassionate medical care
that addresses the needs of medically challenged patients.
As an OR dentist, Dr. Hull works with a Board
Certified Anesthesiologist so that dental needs can be completed in one visit
in a safe, medically supervised environment.
If you have questions about sedation dentistry, please
ask. We’re happy to help.